Jasper in Marion County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
Samuel Love owned a farm on the Tennessee River between Jasper and Shellmound. He operated a ferry that was an important transportation artery, linking Jasper and the rest of Marion County with the railroad at Shellmound. In addition to running the ferry, Love was also the mail carrier. Love's Ferry was a major crossing point used by the Federal Army during the Chickamauga Campaign.
In late August 1863, Colonel Edward King's Brigade of Reynold's Division of the 14th Army Corps occupied Love's Farm. "Ordered to break the enemy's railroad communication," Colonel King wrote, "by the Chattanooga and Nashville Railroad with Bridgeport at Shellmound. Moved the Seventy-fifth Indiana Infantry and a section of the Nineteenth Indiana Battery to (the) Tennessee River opposite Shellmound. Shelled the enemy out after dark. Crossed a small party in a canoe and burned the Nickajack bridge and captured the ferry boat." He then led a reconnaissance patrol over the river and drove the Confederates back beyond Whitesides. While camped beside the Tennessee River on Love's Farm, the soldiers built a fleet of flatboats for the river crossing.
"The division had a heard of cattle, and it was proposed to cross them by swimming. One of the boats was loaded with cattle as a 'bait,' and a sturdy steer was tied by the horns to the stern. The boat was pushed off and of course the steer had to swim for his life. A thousand men, more or less, surrounded the cattle and with terrifying shouts drove them into the water, while the men on boat employed their most persuasive arts to coax them to follow in the wake of the steer. They swam bravely for a time, and there was much rejoicing over the apparent success of the aquatic experiment. But before a quarter of the distance had been passed, the cattle showed that they were poor navigators. Either they lost their reckoning or their faith failed, for they began to swim around in circles, in a state of
"By noon of the 5th (of September)," Lieutenant Colonel Hineman concluded, "We were in motion again, camping for the night within twelve miles of Chattanooga, within sight of the enemy."
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 35° 0.434′ N, 85° 36.55′ W. Marker is in Jasper, Tennessee, in Marion County. Marker can be reached from TVA Road 2.4 miles south of Interstate 24, on the left when traveling south. Located in the Shellmound Campground next to the bank of the Tennessee River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2735 TVA Rd, Jasper TN 37347, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The TVA System of Multipurpose Dams (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nickajack Cave (approx. 3.1 miles away); Civil War in Tennessee (approx. 3.2 miles away); Federal-Georgia Road (approx. 3.7 miles away); Betsy Pack (approx. 4.7 miles away); The Will Cummings Highway (approx. 4.7 miles away); Korean Conflict / Vietnam Conflict (approx. 4.7 miles away); Marion County, Tennessee World War II Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jasper.
Also see . . . Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Submitted on August 31, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 31, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.