June 24-July 4, 1863
— Race to Tullahoma —When the Union Army of the Cumberland captured Manchester on June 27th, Braxton Bragg Confederate forces retreated here to Tullahoma - a supply base and Army of Tennessee headquarters since January, 1863. Tullahoma, however, was tactically a vulnerable position. Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk insisted the army retreat to Chattanooga because the swollen Elk River to the south would give Rosecrans the opportunity to cross the Tennessee River in northern Alabama region barren of supplies and swarming with Unionists and threaten the bluff city. General William J. Hardee, on the other hand, advised Bragg to make a stand n Tennessee, preferable south of the Elk River. While debating their strategy, Colonel James Wilder "Lighting Brigade" crossed the Elk River in their rear and began raiding the southern railroad line near Decherd. Late in the day on June 30th, Bragg issued orders to withdraw to the south, taking up a position in Dechard by late evening.
|Placed By||Tennessee's Backroads Heritage|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 5:47pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 572012 N 3912903|
|Decimal Degrees||35.35683333, -86.20738333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 21.41', W 86° 12.443'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 21' 24.6" N, 86° 12' 26.58" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 498 US-41A, Tullahoma TN 37388, US|
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