Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Williams' Island

Marker ID: THC 2A 65
Location: on Signal Mountain Boulevard (US 127) just south of New Baylor School Rd., Chattanooga,
County: Hamilton
Coordinates: N 35° 05.136    W 085° 19.601
  35.0856    -85.32668333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM865


Named for a pioneer occupant, this island was the site of an Indian village and probably of an 18th Century French trading post. Here, on May 31, 1862, James J. Andrews, leader of the Andrews Raid, was captured following his escape from jail in Chattanooga. He was hanged in Atlanta, June 7.

Tennessee Historical Commission