Cleveland in Bradley County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Fort Hill Cemetery
The high terrain made ideal sites for Fort McPherson and Fort Sedgwick, the latter located here. With a clear view of the railroad and depot, the forts defended Cleveland during Confederate Gen. Joseph Wheeler's attack on August 22, 1864. After receiving cannon fire from Fort McPherson, Wheeler sent a message to Union commander Col. Horatio G. Gibson: "I desire to know if you intend compelling me to shell the town?" Gibson confidently replied, "I have no objections to your shelling the town," and ordered Cleveland evacuated as both forts' guns opened fire on the Confederates. Wheeler and
On May 30, 1914, the Cleveland chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), the Union veterans group, erected a monument at the cemetery's entrance to memorialize Bradley County's "Boys in Blue." It is one of only three G.A.R. monuments in Tennessee.
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 9.327′ N, 84° 52.917′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Tennessee, in Bradley County. Marker can be reached from 12th Street SW west of Goode Street SW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Located in Fort Hill Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland TN 37311, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cleveland During the Civil War (approx. half a mile away); Oak Grove Male Academy (approx. half a mile away); Col. Benjamin Cleveland (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lee College (approx. one mile away); Cooper Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); "Chief Jack" Walker (approx. 3.7 miles away); Charleston on the Hiwassee (approx. 11.3 miles away); Nancy Ward (approx. 11½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil •
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