Day 61: Civil War Trails – Chattanooga, TN

by Jeff

“America has no north, no south, no east, no west. The sun rises over the hills and sets over the mountains, the compass just points up and down and we can laugh now at the absurd notion of there being a north and a south. We are one and undivided.” Sam Watkins 1st Tennessee

Battle for Chattanooga

Battle for Chattanooga

On the heels of Independence Day we wanted to post Civil War Trails. The Chattanooga Area is steeped in Civil War history that played a crucial part in the War Between the States. This is a “self guided” auto tour that so gather the family and relive history right here in Chattanooga.

Civil War Trails - CivilWarTraveler.com

Civil War Trails - CivilWarTraveler.com

Walk in the footsteps of the Blue and Gray Soldiers, visit battlefields and see where troops lived, fought during and died during the American Civil War. Turn back the pages of time and experience historic landmarks, learn where battles were won and lost, and discover Chattanooga’s pivotal role in the war that changed America forever.

Chattanooga from North of the Tennessee River

Chattanooga from North of the Tennessee River

Civil War Trails is a program that spans many states that has identified, interprets and creates driving tours of both the great campaigns and the lesser-known Civil War sites. Directional “trailblazer” signs and four-color interpretive markers with maps, illustrations, and text have been installed at more than 1,000 previously uninterpreted sites in Tennessee, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and North Carolina.

We have included some of the interesting sites locally:

Point Park – Highlight of the 3,000-acre Lookout Mountain Battlefield is Point Park, which overlooks Chattanooga and the bending Tennessee River…read more – Point Park Road, Lookout Mountain, Road map

Lookout Mountain during a civil war battle

Lookout Mountain during a civil war battle

Missionary Ridge – This steep 20-mile-long ridge east of Chattanooga rises about 400 feet. It was one of the strong points in the Confederate line and considered nearly impregnable when attacked Nov. 25, 1863…read more – Begin tour at Route US 27 and South Crest Road, Rossville, Road map

Missionary Ridge

Missionary Ridge

National Cemetery – Union Gen. George Thomas first ordered that Union soldiers who died in the Chattanooga area be buried here, near the Orchard Knob battlefield, in 1863…read more – 1200 Bailey Ave, Chattanooga, Road map

Chattanooga National Cemetary

Chattanooga National Cemetary

High above the Tennessee River Gorge

High above the Tennessee River Gorge

Signal Point on Signal Mountain – Union soldiers stationed here used this spot – the only high point under their control in September-November 1863 – to help guide wagon trains and communicate with supply bases before Grant opened up the “Cracker Line.”…read more – Interpretive signs located in the park, 116 Signal Point Road, Signal Mountain, Road map

Sherman Crosses the River – On Nov. 24, 1863, Union troops under Gen. William T. Sherman made a surprise crossing on pontoon boats assembled here and approached the north end of Missionary Ridge…read more – Trails sign located off Hamill Road at Greenway Farm, 5051 Gann Store Road, Hixson, Road map

For more information on the Tennessee Civil War Trails program, visit the official Civil War Trails website.

For some local flavor be sure and visit the Buttonwillow Civil War Dinner Theatre in Whitwell.

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