Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Jailhouse for Andrews' Raiders

Marker ID: THC 2A 77
Location: Lookout Street between 4th and 5th, Chattanooga, TN
County: Hamilton
Waymark: None


In April 1862, Swim's jail, a small building at Fifth and Lookout Streets, was used to hold the captured James Andrews and 21 fellow Union raiders. Their "great locomotive chase" northward from, Marietta, Georgia, resulted in the execution of eight raiders and the award of the first Congressional Medals of Honor to six of the survivors. Later, thirteen other raiders were awarded Medals of Honor for their participation in this daring exploit.


Wiley Memorial United Methodist Church
500 Lookout Street, Chattanooga

"This historic African American church dates to 1867, when local residents acquired a heavily damaged building that had been used as a military prison by both Confederate and Federal armies. African Americans repaired the church and held services there until they constructed a new brick church around 1886. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is considered to be the oldest Methodist Episcopal church in East Tennessee."
Source: Civil War Trails - Wiley Memorial United Methodist Church