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Signal Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Boats on the Tennessee

 

—Civil War supply boats challenged the treacherous narrows here —

 
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
1. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
Inscription. The mighty Tennessee River extends 652 miles from its source near Knoxville to its confluence with the Ohio River at Paducah, Kentucky. During the Civil War the river was a natural highway through this region, but sections of rapids were impassable for large vessels.

One of the most treacherous stretches was the "Narrows" which extended several miles downstream to your right. Supply boats bound for Chattanooga had to be pulled by ropes through man-made side channels. This vital supply line strengthened the Union army for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's advance on Atlanta in the spring of 1864.

Today the Tennessee Valley Authority operates a series of dams to allow navigation along the entire length of the river.
 
Erected by Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 35° 7.176′ N, 85° 22.02′ W. Marker is in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Signal Point Road west of Flint Street. Touch for map. This historical marker is located at the end of Signal Point Road, in Signal Point Park, at the end of the trail that leads to the park's overlook of the Tennessee River Valley. Marker is in this post office area: Signal Mountain TN 37377, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
2. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
View of the illustration displayed on the historical marker that shows a Union supply steamer being "warped" up the Narrows on the Tennessee River.
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Signaling (a few steps from this marker); Attack at Suck Creek (approx. 0.7 miles away); Williams' Island (approx. 3.3 miles away); Stringer's Ridge (was approx. 4.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Sherman's Hideout (approx. 4.2 miles away); Wilder's Artillery Position (approx. 4.2 miles away); Red Bank Veteran's Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Chattanooga High School (approx. 4.6 miles away).
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
3. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
View of the illustration displayed on the historical marker that shows a map of the Tennessee River.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
4. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
A close-up view of the text displayed on the historical marker.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
5. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
View of the historical marker, situated on the crest of Signal Mountain, overlooking the Tennessee River Valley, at the federal park.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
6. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
Another view of the historical marker, situated on the crest of Signal Mountain, overlooking the Tennessee River Valley, with a view of the river in the valley below.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
7. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
A view of the river in the valley below, with a distant view of a large pleasure craft traveling downstream on the river.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
8. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
A distant view of the historical marker situated on the crest of Signal Point, overlooking the Tennessee River Valley.
Boats on the Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
9. Boats on the Tennessee Marker
A view of the park's path that leads down to the location of the historical marker at Signal Point.
Signal Point, Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, September 24, 2013
10. Signal Point, Park Sign
Tennessee River from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 7, 2008
11. Tennessee River from the Marker
Looking toward Chattanooga
Tennessee River from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 7, 2008
12. Tennessee River from the Marker
Looking in direction in which the Tennessee flows away from Chattanooga
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on September 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   11, 12. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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