1864 Military Bridge

1864 Military Bridge (HM1L1T)

Location: Chattanooga, TN 37405 Hamilton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 3.678', W 85° 18.591'

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The first bridge crossing of the Tennessee River at Chattanooga was erected in 1864 under the order of Montgomery Meigs, Quartermaster General of the Union armies. This clearing highlights the alignment where the wooden bridge, with its trestled northern approach, crossed the southern portions of Renaissance Park.

The bridge was constructed out of green timber, cut and sawed from trees from the hills where Hill City (North Chattanooga) now stands and the adjacent hills. Work in the river was facilitated by log rafts and pontoon floats. Bridge construction was staged from the north shore so that materials could be carried across completed portions of the span.

After the war, the military bridge was given to the city of Chattanooga, but it proved to be more of a liability than an asset. Marcus B. Long (1914) recalled that a herd of mules being driven across the span collapsed the draw span and resulted in many of the mules being killed in the fall to the river. The military bridge was swept away in the flood of April 1867.
HM NumberHM1L1T
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Date Added Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 6:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 654121 N 3881147
Decimal Degrees35.06130000, -85.30985000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 3.678', W 85° 18.591'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 3' 40.68" N, 85° 18' 35.46" W
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Area Code(s)423
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga TN 37405, US
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