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Morganton Crossing *** Too Cold to Wade
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Team Geologynut
N 35° 38.570 W 084° 13.399
16S E 751411 N 3947886
Quick Description: Another one of our new "Civil War Trail" markers. This one's in Morganton Cemetery. The only thing remaining of the town of Moganton which was flooded by the damming of the Little Tennessee River.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 1/26/2010 4:19:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM84KH
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 4

Long Description:
Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops marched north from Chattanooga on November 28, 1863, to relieve the siege of Knoxville. Sherman led the XV Corps up the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad Line through Philadelphia toward Morganton on the Little Tennessee River. He planned to ford the shallows here at Morganton then continue to Knoxville. The corps arrived from your left on Morganton Rd, which is now under water and near where you stand.

Sherman discovered that the Morganton ford was 3 1/2 feet deep and 240 yards wide, making it impossible for the infantry to wade in the near freezing temperature. Col. James H. Wilson, assistant inspector general from Grant's staff, supervised the construction of a bridge. The troops found two large flatboats and carried forty to fifty men across the river to serve as guards and a working party. Unoccupied houses and barns in Morganton were torn down to obtain wood for the bridge, which was finished on December 4.

Wet, cold, and poorly provisioned, the troops crossed the river. Sherman soon received word that Longstreet appeared to be retreating rather than risk being trapped by the advancing Union forces. Longstreet withdrew to northeastern Tennessee for the winter and later returned to Virginia. His retreat marked the end of the last serious attempt by the Confederacy to hold East Tennessee and the vital supply route between Atlanta and Virginia.
Type of site: Cemetery

Greenback, TN United States

Admission Charged: No Charge

Website: [Web Link]

Driving Directions:
Traveling on US Hwy 411, turn onto East Coast Tellico Parkway. Proceed about a mile and look for the "Civil War Trail" sign that tells you to turn left onto Morganton Cemetery Rd. From there either follow the trail signs or your coordinates.

Phone Number: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Post at least one photo of a Civil War related item or scene and post one Civil War Discovery you learned while visiting the waymark. The photo should have the coordinates of where it was taken if significantly different from the waymark's coordinates.
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