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Civil War in Tennessee - Marion County, TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 35° 01.586 W 085° 33.457
16S E 631582 N 3876924
Quick Description: I-24 rest area/Visitors Center just inside the GA-TN line
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/9/2014 7:21:02 AM
Waymark Code: WMMMFH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
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Long Description:

County of marker: Marion County
Location of marker: I-24, WB Marion Welcom Center, 1.3 miles east of SR-28
Marker erected by: Tennessee Civil War Trails

Marker text:

The Kentucky and Tullahoma Campaigns
You are about to enter Middle Tennessee, the site of two important Civil War campaigns. The fist occurred in June 1862 as Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg maneuvered the Army of Tennessee successfully through the mountains north past Union Gen. Don Carlos Buell's Union Army and invaded Kentucky. At Monteagle (Exit 134) a Tennessee Civil War Trails marker explains the Federal dilemma.

In June 1863, the tables turned during the Tullahoma Campaign as Union Gen. William S. Rosecrans maneuvered his Army of the Cumberland south from Murfreesboro past Bragg and the Confederate Army of Tennessee. After overwhelming the Confederate defenders of Hoover's Gap (Exit 97; a park at Beech Grove Cemetery interprets the campaign) on June 24, the Federals occupied Manchester (Exit 111) and Shelbyville on June 27 as Bragg retreated. Tullahoma (Exit 111), on the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad was an important part of the Confederate communications and supply systems. Late in June, the Federals destroyed railroad tracks at Decherd (Exit 127) and at Sewanee (Exit 134). On July 3, Bragg's army began its retreat to Chattanooga, leaving much of Middle Tennessee and the railroad in Union hands after a skillful campaign remarkably low in Federal casualties.

Follow the routes of the armies along the Tennessee Civil War Trails. Colorful markers at each stop tell the story of the war's interesting people, places, and events. A free map guide to the Tennessee Trails network is available in the Welcome Center. Please drive carefully as you enjoy the beauty and history of the Tennessee Civil War Trails

Type of site: Transportation Route or Facility

I-24, WB Welcome Center
1.3 miles east of SR-28TN USA

Phone Number: (423) 942.0933

Admission Charged: No Charge

Driving Directions:
WB on I-24 mile marker 160, just out of GA

Website: Not listed

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