Historic Markers Across Tennessee

The Bridge Burners

Marker ID: THC 2A 66
Location: in Chattanooga, near Chickamauga Creek
County: Hamilton
Waymark: None


Early on the morning of Nov. 9, 1861, bands of Union sympathizers burned two railroad bridges over Chickamauga Creek about a mile east. This cut Chattanooga's rail communication with Atlanta and Knoxville. It was part of a coordinated effort by East Tennesseans to facilitate invasion from Kentucky by Federal troops. The invasion failed to materialize; the Confederates executed several marauders elsewhere.