The Battle of Tunnel Hill - Tunnel Hill, GA
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N 34° 50.289 W 085° 02.344
16S E 679302 N 3856847
Quick Description: The Battles of Tunnel Hill Sept 11, 1863 - Nov 1863 - Jan 28, 1864 - Feb 23, 1864
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 6:57:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM4N4A
Long Description:The small town of Tunnel Hill was the sight of several skirmishes and battles from September 1863 to March 1865.
The Battles of Tunnel Hill from the 17th Annual Civil War Reenactment Program:
On September 11, 1863, just days before the Battle of Chickamauga, the first skirmish in Tunnel Hill took place. After the fight of Chickamauga, many sick and wounded were brought to Tunnel Hill, including Confederate General John Bell Hood. While there , his leg was amputated and buried in the woods nearby.
The second conflict took place on November, 1863. After Bragg's defeat at Missionary Ridge, his army was in retreat to Dalton. As his army was passing through, a rear guard set up positions in Ringgold Gap where the Confederates delayed the Federals for several hours before withdrawing. On November 28th, the Confederates who had retired to Tunnel Hill found themselves under an aggressive attack. They were able to hold their positions and have Federals retire to Ringgold.
The third skirmish occurred on January 28th, 1864, when a strong body of Infantry from the US Fourteenth Army Corps was advancing from Ringgold met up with Confederate outposts. driving them to Tunnel Hill, the Federals got close enough to see it still was in control of the Confederates. The Federal Infantry then retired. Union losses were two wounded, with 32 wounded for the Confederates.
During Sherman's March to the Sea, Yankee soldiers reached Tunnel Hill February 23, 1864. Sherman took over the Clisby Austin House from May 7th to May 12th that same year. Legend says he slept in the same bed previously occupied by the wounded Confederate General Hood.
The Battle of Tunnel Hill is reenacted each September.
Dates of reenactment: From: 9/6/2008 To: 9/7/2008
What the reenactment is related to: War
Cost to attend reenactment: $5.00 adults
Cost for parking: Scout Donation
Tours of the historic Western & Atlantic railroad tunnel.
Website for further information: [Web Link]
Additional parking coordinates (if necessary): Not Listed
Cost for participants: Not listed
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