Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
William (Uncle Bill) Lewis
William Lewis came to Chattanooga in 1837 when it was still called Ross' Landing. He continued to work and soon paid for his own freedom. In 1851 Lewis purchased the freedom of his mother, brother and sister. He operated a blacksmith shop at this location and became very prosperous during the civil war. His men forged the shackles for Andrews' Raiders after the famous locomotive chase from Big Shanty, Georgia, to Chattanooga, and his son, George, fitted them on each prisoner.
Erected 1990 by Mary Walker Historical and Educational Foundation.
Location. 35° 2.905′ N, 85° 18.566′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of West 7th Street and Market Street (Tennessee Route 8), on the right when traveling Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37402, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William "Uncle Bill" Lewis (a few steps from this marker); Chattanooga Daily Rebel (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); G. W. Franklin (about 700 feet away); First Methodist Church (about 800 feet away); Abby Crawford Milton (about 800 feet away); Military History of Chattanooga (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Crutchfield House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil •
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