Hixson in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Sherman Crosses the River
A Complex Operation
—Chattanooga Campaign —
Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's plan for driving the Confederate Army of Tennessee from the Chattanooga area hinged on Gen. William T. Sherman's bold river crossing. Sherman had to march his troops from Bridgeport, Alabama, cross the Tennessee River at Brown's Ferry, and move into hidden camps behind the hills north of Chattanooga. He then had to re-cross the Tennessee River and attack the northern end of Missionary Ridge.
This complex logistical operation required coordination, secrecy, and the silent construction of a pontoon bridge. Maj. Henry S. Dean's 22nd Michigan Infantry carried two pontoon bridges from downtown Chattanooga to the crossing point north of the city. Moving only at night, the wagon train
Erected by Tennessee Civil War Trails.
Location. 35° 7.605′ N, 85° 12.97′ W. Marker is in Hixson, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on Gann Store Road south of Hamill Road. Touch for map. This historical marker is located in the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, off of one of the park's access roads (labeled Gann Store Road on the Google map), across the street from the Greenway Farms Dog Park,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War River Crossing (approx. 3.9 miles away); Alexander's Brigade (approx. 4 miles away); 63rd Illinois Infantry (approx. 4 miles away); Giles A. Smith's Brigade (approx. 4 miles away); 127th Illinois Infantry (approx. 4 miles away); 116th Illinois Infantry (approx. 4 miles away); 57th Ohio Infantry (approx. 4 miles away); Cockerill's Brigade (approx. 4 miles away).
More about this marker. Although it cannot be seen when standing by the historical marker, immediately to the west of the marker, concealed by the tree line and the nearby restroom facility, is the stream initially used by the Union forces as their assembly area for both troops and boats, North Chickamauga Creek.
Regarding Sherman Crosses the River. On December 5, 6, & 7, of 2013, I went on a tour with the Blue & Gray Eduction Society, that was led by Jim Ogden of the National Park Service. He took us to the actual site, of where, on the North Chickamauga Creek, the Union pontoon boats were launched for their pre-dawn, November 24, 1863 landing
To get to this site we needed to cross the Tennessee River on northbound State Route 153, and look for a turnoff by some overhead power lines, a short distance beyond the Tennessee River. From this point there was a trail that led a short distance down to the creek. The coordinates for this site are 35.06.875 N by 085.13.736 W, and I have included a picture of this location.
In my opinion the location and wording of this marker is useful, but misleading, with regards to the actual location of the launching point of the Union landing operations.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
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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 524 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 28, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7, 8. submitted on December 10, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.