|Re-enacters firing the cannons during the 149th Anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga|
Our final days in our Civil War tour east of the Mississippi found us at the "Gateway to the Deep South". Chattanooga, TN and nearby Chickamauga, GA were the scene of several battles, including the second bloodiest battle of the war. In 1863, Union and Confederate forces fought to control Chattanooga, and on September 19 and 20, the Union suffered its most significant defeat in the Western Theater, with the second highest number of casualties in the war during the Battle of Chickamauga.
|Boyhood Home of John Ross, Rossville, GA|
|Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel|
|Craven House on Lookout Mountain|
|View from Lookout Mountain|
On November 24, 1863, the Battle of Lookout Mountain during the Civil War saw a majority of hand to hand combat near Craven's house halfway to the summit. On the day of the battle, fog descended about halfway down the mountain, leading to the event being called the "Battle Above the Clouds". It would play a key role in the Union's ultimate victory for Chattanooga.
|New York Peace Memorial,|
It was a good day of touring without the camper in tow, so after a nice meal we headed back to our KOA campground to plan the next day. Unfortunately, the forecast looked like it would plan it for us.
Day 11 - The Rain Out
|Rainy day in Nashville :(|
|Abandoned business in downtown Adams, TN|
|Cleaning up abandoned buildings|
in downtown Cairo, IL
That would be our final history related stop of the trip as we landed for one more night in the RV near Sikeston Missouri, still over 300 miles from home, and drove straight through Southern MO on Day 12 headed back to Warsaw. Despite the rain ending our adventure in Tennessee early, we did learn that the RV/Camper life is one we would enjoy immensely, and had a pretty good, easy stay at Town and Country RV Park near the intersections of I-55 and I-57. Thankful that Kathy's sister Kristy and her husband Geno allowed us to use their camper, we are already planning to get our own, especially for our much needed Winter trips to the South.
Be sure to see the pics of our final days in our Facebook photo album Tennessee Back to Missouri HERE