Attack at Suck Creek

Attack at Suck Creek (HM1AY7)

Location: Chattanooga, TN 37405 Hamilton County
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N 35° 6.561', W 85° 21.888'

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Union Supply Choke Point

— Chattanooga Campaign —

After the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans retreated to Federal-occupied Chattanooga, a strategically vital rail center, where Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg laid siege from Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant took command in October and began his efforts to break the siege. Bragg detached forces under Gen. James Longstreet to attack Knoxville as a diversion. After Gen. William T. Sherman reinforced Grant in November, the Federals attacked the heights and Bragg retreated. The Union army held the city for the rest of the war.

During the early days of the siege of Chattanooga in 1863, the Union army's only supply route followed a long and difficult road that ran from Bridgeport, Alabama, north up the Sequatchie Valley and then east behind you over Walden's Ridge on the Anderson Pike. The road descended the ridge just north of here and then ran along the bank of the Tennessee River to Chattanooga.

On October 8, the 4th Alabama Volunteer Infantry took a position "along the overhanging bluffs of the Tennessee River on Raccoon Mountain," across the river from where you now stand. There the Confederates acted as sharpshooters "to shoot down the mules of the wagon trains of the enemy which were compelled to pass along the narrow road between the bluff and the river on the opposite side." This forced Union wagon trains to detour north and descend the mountain along a partially planked road into Hamilton Valley. A Union officer wrote that this route "was a rickety, insecure, makeshift of a road and was so narrow that only in places could two teams pass each other." By October, supplies barely trickled in to the besieged forces in Chattanooga. Starvation seemed a possibility. Late in October, however, Union forces seized Brown's Ferry and opened an easier supply route through Lookout Valley. Wagons rolled into Chattanooga along a safer route, dubbed the Cracker Line for the wagonloads of hardtack, and the supply situation in Chattanooga became less dire.
HM NumberHM1AY7
Placed ByTennessee Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 12:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 649022 N 3886392
Decimal Degrees35.10935000, -85.36480000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 6.561', W 85° 21.888'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 6' 33.66" N, 85° 21' 53.28" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1848-2014 Cherokee Trail, Chattanooga TN 37405, US
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