Near Whiteside in Marion County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Running Water Creek Bridge
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
The pursuing Federal Army expected to be able to use the bridge. Private William Miller, 75th Indiana Infantry, wrote in his journal on Sunday, August 30, "We started from camp about 10 o'clock and was ferried across on flats with the rest of our brigade and started up the river near the railroad toward Chattanooga. It was very dark and the road rough and rocky and hard marching. We were on the road all night and arrived at "White Side, ' or 'Running Water, ' about day light where we found the Rebels had burned the bridges. The bridge spanned the Valley from one mountain to the other and was covered and iron roofed. It is about one hundred and fifty feet high at [the]highest place...The bridge here cost a mint of money and serves the railroad and will take months to rebuild it so the cars can pass over and should we take Chattanooga our supplies would have to be carried over the mountains by wagons."
The Federal Army rebuilt
"Two years ago today," Mosman recalled on November 9, "we left Springfield, Mo. for Syracuse, Mo..., but today we are condemned to work on the highway. Col. Grose had us build a platform for the trains. Trains came up the west side of the creek with knapsacks of some of our Brigade. We finished the platform and built a small bridge on the wagon road."
Lieutenant Mosman and the 59th Illinois Regiment, spent most of the winter at Whiteside. The railroad bridge over Running Water Creek was completed at a cost
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 35° 0.109′ N, 85° 30.7′ W. Marker is near Whiteside, Tennessee, in Marion County. Marker is on J E Clouse Highway (State Highway 134) 2 miles east of Shellmound Road (State Highway 156), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Whiteside TN 37396, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Federal-Georgia Road (approx. 2 miles away); Nickajack Cave (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civil War in Tennessee (approx. 3.1 miles away); Hales Bar Dam (approx. 3.4 miles away); Cole Plantation and Bethlehem Cemetery (approx. 4.6 miles away in Georgia); Cole Plantation and Academy (approx. 5.3 miles away in Georgia); Love's Ferry (approx. 5½ miles away); Raccoon Mountain (approx. 6 miles away).
From the Tennessee Civil War Trails map for Southeast Tennessee sites: "The Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad erected the stone bridge abutments, visible just north of the highway, after the Civil War. The site, however, marks the location of a railroad bridge that was a vital strategic link between Nashville and Chattanooga. The Confederates destroyed the first Running Water Creek bridge in 1863. Federal engineers replaced it with an engineering marvel, an almost 100-foot high wooden trestle bridge, and soon reopened the railroad. Federal troops occupied the area, protecting the bridge for the remainder of the fighting."
— Submitted January 11, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,828 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 10, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. 6. submitted on January 11, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.