Boats on the Tennessee

Boats on the Tennessee (HM1AY5)

Location: Signal Mountain, TN 37377 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 7.176', W 85° 22.02'

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— Civil War supply boats challenged the treacherous narrows here —

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.
HM NumberHM1AY5
Placed ByChickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:44pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 648803 N 3887526
Decimal Degrees35.11960000, -85.36700000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.176', W 85° 22.02'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 10.56" N, 85° 22' 1.20" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1300 Cumberland Trail, Signal Mountain TN 37377, US
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