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

Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend

 
 
Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
1. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker
Inscription.
You are now looking to the north

Here the Tennessee River makes a sweeping, clockwise loop around Moccasin Bend. In 1863, vital supplies were brought to the besieged Federals in Chattanooga across the "neck" of Moccasin Bend, using pontoon bridges at the two river crossings.

The Cracker Line

Union forces opened a supply line into the besieged city of Chattanooga in late October 1863. Known as the "Cracker Line," it brought the weary Federals ammunition and food, including the soldier's staple - "hardtack" crackers.

The newly appointed Union commander, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, prepared to fight as reinforcements arrived. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's detachment arrived in early October, and Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's in mid-November.

In the face of this Union build-up, Gen. Braxton Bragg, commander of the Confederate army, committed a costly error. He sent a portion of his army off to attack Union troops at Knoxville, thereby weakening his grip on Chattanooga.
 
Erected by Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park.
 
Location. 35° 0.757′ N, 85° 20.629′ W. Marker is in Lookout
Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
2. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker
Close-up view of the text on the historic marker.
Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Point Park Road north of East Brow Road. Touch for map. This historic marker is located in Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, at the Ochs Museum, on the museum observation deck, at the point of Lookout Mountain. Marker is in this post office area: Lookout Mountain TN 37350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lookout Valley and Browns Ferry (here, next to this marker); Cobham's Brigade (here, next to this marker); Battle Above the Clouds (here, next to this marker); 29th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Chattanooga and Missionary Ridge (a few steps from this marker); 111th Pennsylvania Infantry (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Missionary Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Lookout Mountain Trails (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
3. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker
Close-up view of the picture displayed on the historic marker.
Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
4. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the retaining wall surrounding the museum observation deck, with a distant view of the Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend in the background.
Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
5. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker
View of the historic marker looking east across the observation deck.
Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 18, 2012
6. Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend Marker
View of the Tennessee River and Moccasin Bend, as seen from the museum observation deck.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on March 20, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 30, 2012, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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