Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Battle of Missionary Ridge
Without orders, the Federals charged up the mountain
The Federals stormed the rifle-pits, forcing Confederates to retreat up the slopes in front of you. Then, without orders, the Federals swarmed up the slope in pursuit, swept over the crest, and routed the poorly positioned defenders. The outnumbered Confederates broke and fled down the slope behind you. Only darkness and the rearguard action of Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne saved the Confederates from destruction.
The Union victory here at Missionary Ridge left Chattanooga firmly in Union hands, and set the stage for General Sherman's advance against Atlanta in the spring.
Erected by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Topics. This historical War, US Civil.
Location. 35° 1.168′ N, 85° 15.801′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on South Crest Road south of East Main Street, on the left when traveling south. In order to view this historical marker one must find a way to get to the crest of Missionary Ridge. The options to use in ascending Missionary Ridge are limited and difficult to locate if you are not familiar with the area. From downtown Chattanooga, I drove east to Missionary Ridge on Main Street, and using Main Street took me to the top of Missionary Ridge. Once at the top of Missionary Ridge I needed to make two right turns to get on South Crest Street and then go only a slight distance south to reach the Bragg Reservation which is where this historical marker is located. Once you have entered the Bragg Reservation you will find this historical marker on the west side of the parking area on the old Ridge Road that runs through the Bragg Reservation. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37404, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 79th Illinois Infantry (here, next to this marker); 27th Illinois Infantry (here, next to this marker); Harker's Brigade (a few steps from this marker); 42nd Illinois Infantry Sheridan's Division (a few steps from this marker); Cobb's Kentucky Battery (a few steps from this marker); 36th Illinois Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Bragg's Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,445 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 12, 2010, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7. submitted on June 3, 2011, by Neil Ashton of Peoria, Arizona.