Chickamauga Campaign Heritage TrailOn September 11, 1863 Federal forces from Van Cleve's Division of the 21st Army Corps of the Army of the Cumberland invaded Ringgold from the west. At the same time, Colonel John T. Wilder's Mounted Infantry Brigade invaded from the north. A few Confederate cavalrymen made a token resistance and fell back through Ringgold Gap. As Van Cleve's men rushed into Ringgold, they encountered civilians who were attempting to get out of the town ahead of the advancing army. Many of the people had placed their belongings on a train. "I well recollect the confusion and dismay there was in their town," J.A. Reep, a member of the 19th Ohio Infantry Regiment, later wrote," when our forces came into the place. Everyone was moving their possessions, when our arrival interrupted the work by capturing a train of cars, and a large amount of stores of various kinds and character. Among our captures made here, was a large amount of Southern mail, both to and from the army. The town was strewn with letters, opened and unopened. They were lying in heaps or scattered at random in dooryards, on sidewalks, along fences and hedges."
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|Series||This marker is part of the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series|
|Placed By||Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 7:14pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 672770 N 3865499|
|Decimal Degrees||34.91725000, -85.10868333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 34° 55.035', W 85° 6.521'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||34° 55' 2.10" N, 85° 6' 31.26" W|
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|Area Code(s)||706, 423|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 147 Tennessee St, Ringgold GA 30736, US|
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