Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Site of Crutchﬁeld House
Used as Hospital, September 20, 1863.
Accommodated 500 wounded that day.
(Marker Number MT-62D.)
Location. 35° 2.766′ N, 85° 18.641′ W. Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from Broad Street north of West Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is located in downtown Chattanooga and is affixed to an outer wall of the Read House Hotel, by the north entrance, next to the Valet Parking station. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37402, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crutchfield House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Military History of Chattanooga (about 500 feet away); William "Uncle Bill" Lewis (approx. 0.2 miles away); William (Uncle Bill) Lewis (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Coca-Cola Bottling Company In The United States (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Chattanooga Brush Electric Light Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chattanooga.
More about this marker.
I am assuming that like most of the other markers of this particular series, that the original building that this marker was attached to is now gone and that the marker was preserved by being attached to the structure built on top of the site of the original building. I am also of the belief that this marker, like the other markers in this series, was originally an outdoor maker.
Presently the maker is located on the outside of the building entrance, but is in an area that is covered by a structure built to serve as a parking garage. Because I could not get a GPS reading next to the marker, the co-ordinates that I provided were taken from just outside of the Broad Street entrance to the parking structure.
Regarding Site of Crutchfield House. With much help from Raney Suzette of the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Chattanooga Public Library, I have been able to put together some background information on these bronze and/or iron, Civil War related, tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga.
According to a newspaper article published in the Chattanooga Times on, December 1, 1893, there was a committee appointed from the chamber of commerce to identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by federal and Confederate troops. These points were to later be marked by a bronze tablet bearing a description of the event which transpired at that point. According to a Battlefield Guide, published in 1897 by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, “For the 20th reunion of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland, September 18-20, 1889, the publisher of the Guide compiled the following list of historical points, which list, has since been revised and bronze tablets placed on or near the sites by the Government.” So it would appear that it was sometime between late 1893 and 1897 that these tablets were erected, by the government.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A list of the tablets placed throughout the city of Chattanooga, in the mid-1890s, that identify historical points in connection with the occupancy of Chattanooga by Federal and Confederate troops.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 16, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 7. submitted on July 20, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8. submitted on August 25, 2018, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.