Crossing into History

Crossing into History (HM1L10)

Location: Chattanooga, TN 37419 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 3.378', W 85° 20.4'

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Trail of Tears

In 1838, nearly 2,000 Cherokee, their enslaved Africans, and others stopped at Brown's Ferry (a few yards to your left) and gazed across the Tennessee River toward the landing on the opposite bank. They must have been consumed with various thoughts.

Perhaps their minds drifted to memories of times gone by or of the homes, farms, and lives they left behind. As they climbed into the boat to be ferried across the river, this place became a significant part of their journey.

Civil War

The majority of Confederates guarding the far ferry landing in the pre-dawn darkness of October 27, 1863, slept soundly. Suddenly, more than a thousand blue-clad soldiers seemed to burst forth from the river, exiting their pontoon boats and scattering the Southern soldiers (inset). This act of bravery opened the way for supplies to reach starving Union soldiers in Chattanooga. The life-sustaining supply line would forever be known as "The Cracker Line."
HM NumberHM1L10
Placed ByFriends of Moccasin Bend National Park (through a grant by the Lyndhurst Foundation)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 651381 N 3880546
Decimal Degrees35.05630000, -85.34000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 3.378', W 85° 20.4'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 3' 22.68" N, 85° 20' 24" W
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Area Code(s)423
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1292 Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga TN 37419, US
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