Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Opening the Cracker Line ~ Oct. 27, 1863

Marker ID: THC 2A 15
Location: U.S. 27, Hamilton County, south of junction with TN 27
County: Hamilton
Waymark: None


At Brown's Ferry, 1.5 miles SW, Hazen's Brigade of Brig. Gen. W.E Smith's Federal task force took the heights on the west bank of the river in an amphibious surprise attack. Reinforced by Turchin's Brigade, moving overland from Chattanooga, they laid a pontoon bridge which opened a river supply route to the Federal base at Bridgeport, Alabama.