Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
After the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, the station served as an important depot for stockpiling ammunition and food for Confederate troops deployed on Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. On October 9, Confederate president Jefferson Davis stopped here on his visit to the soldiers surrounding Chattanooga. He hoped to raise the troops' sagging morale and soothe the discord in the ranks over the increasingly unpopular Bragg, whom Davis supported.
On November 25, 1863, Bragg's army fled east and south along the railroad after the Battle of Missionary Ridge. A Tennessee private in the rear guard later recalled the varied reactions of the men who marched by the station. "As they passed I could read the character of every soldier. Some were mad, others cowed, and many were laughing. Some were cussing
Part of their anger arose from the sight of undistributed food at the station, where it had sat while they went hungry on the mountaintops. The private described "great piles of corn in sacks, of bacon, of crackers, and molasses, and sugar, and coffee, and rice, and onions, and peas, and flour by the hundreds of barrels, all now to be given to the flames."
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1863.
Location. 35° 2.226′ N, 85° 11.758′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Airport Road, 0.4 miles north of Airport Connector Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37421, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roland Hayes (approx. 1.7 miles away); Brainerd Mission (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of Brainerd Mission to the Cherokee Indians (approx. 2.1 miles away); Crucial Supply Lines (approx. 2.2 miles away); Tennessee Valley Railroad And Museum (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bonny Oaks School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mary Walker (approx. 2.8 miles away); Civil War in Tennessee (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
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