Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
During the Union army's occupation of Chattanooga (Sept. 9, 1863 - Summer 1865), the appearance of the riverfront again changed dramatically. Extensive logging operations stripped trees from the hills along the riverbank. A large sawmill at the base of Cameron Hill turned the felled timber into planks and framing for warehouses and other military structures that were built throughout the town. The army constructed a naval yard st Ross's Landing to repair and maintain the boats that ferried supplies into Chattanooga. Soldiers also built a wooden bridge - the first to span the Tennessee River at Chattanooga (it washed away in a massive flood in 1867).
Escaped slaves lived near the river at Camp Contraband, as it was called. They provided labor for the Union construction projects, and many of the adult men joined the U.S. Colored Troops. On November 26, 1864, a camp census counted 3,893 residents. Col.
Erected by the Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Tennessee Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 3.607′ N, 85° 18.556′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on River Street west of Tremont Street. Touch for map. This historic marker is located along the north side of the river, in a community park, along a river walking trail, almost directly below where the "John Ross Bridge" crosses the Tennessee River. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1838 Cherokee Removal & Trail of Tears (a few steps from this marker); Camp Contraband (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Colored Troops (about 300 feet away); Union Block House (about 400 feet away); 1864 Military Bridge (about 500 feet away); Trail of Tears (approx. ¼ mile away); 1790 John Ross 1866 (approx. ¼ mile away); Chattanooga's First Citizens (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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