Chickamauga Campaign Heritage TrailAfter the Shiloh Campaign in the spring of 1862, Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg concentrated in the Chattanooga area. The Federal Army, under General Don Carlos Buell occupied north Alabama. Fearful of a Confederate attack, General Buell sent two divisions, under Generals Alexander McCook and Thomas Crittenden, to fortify the west side of the Tennessee River at the mouth of Battle Creek. The position was designated Fort McCook and General Alexander McCook was placed in command. On the basis of faulty intelligence, General McCook became convinced that the anticipated Confederate offensive was directed at the recapture of Nashville. General Buell, therefore, began shifting his unites to the Cumberland Plateau in an effort to block Bragg. General McCook left Battle Creek for the Altamont and Tracy City area. Colonel Leonard A. Harris, with two regiments and a small cavalry detachment, was left in charge of Fort McCook. He was instructed to gather all possible information concerning the Confederate troop movements. Colonel Harris was subsequently directed to send on of his infantry regiments and all his artillery to General McCook on the Plateau.
|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||Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 8:32am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16S E 619052 N 3875759|
|Decimal Degrees||35.01748333, -85.69510000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 35° 1.049', W 85° 41.706'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||35° 1' 2.94" N, 85° 41' 42.36" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||931, 423, 865|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 2860 Rivers Lndg, South Pittsburg TN 37380, US|
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