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“Very historic & well maintained National Cemetery”

Chattanooga National Cemetery
Ranked #12 of 148 things to do in Chattanooga
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Very historic & well maintained National Cemetery”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

The Chattanooga National Cemetery dates back to late 1863 when it was formed shortly after the Battles for Chattanooga during the American Civil War. If you are a history buff (esp. one of the War Between the States/Civil War), this is a must visit for you. The cemetery is still active with burials from all the wars and conflicts the U.S. has been in including today. There's even one veteran from the Revolutionary War buried here (btw, the last battle of the Rev. War is said to have been on Lookout Mtn. located in Chatt.-there is a historic marker there that commemorates it).

The cemetery contains many U.S. soldiers from the WBTS/Civil War including several USCT soldiers and also several of the Andrews Raiders from the famous "Great Locomotive Chase." James J. Andrews, the leader, is among those buried here. When you first enter the cemetery from Holtzclaw Ave., if you go to the right, you will see the Ohio monument to the Andrews Raiders with the famous "General " locomotive on the top. The markers for the Raiders buried here surround it in a semi-circle. The names of the other Raiders not buried here are embossed on the monument as well. The Andrews Raiders were the first recipients of the Medal of Honor.

There are also other recipients of the Medal of Honor buried in the cemetery as well as many other highly decorated American soldiers from all the wars since the WBTS.

Something kind of unique with the Civil War burials here is that they are not organized by each state. You may find 2 or 3 from the same state near each other, but that's where it ends. Union Gen. George Thomas, aka the "Rock of Chickamauga," was charged with organizing the layout. When the engineers asked him where he wanted each state's sections located, he said "mix them up, mix them up!" Thomas, a native Virginian who chose to stay loyal to the Union in the War, was tired of hearing about state's rights so he wanted to emphasize that ALL the soldiers buried here were U.S. soldiers regardless of what state they came from.

If you go to the top of the hill in the center of the cemetery, you will have a nice view of the surrounding area.

Visited May 2014
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Lilburn, GA
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53 attraction reviews
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“Moving Experience”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

It's hard to describe the experience of touring the National Cemetery. Moving, sobering, reflective, emotional, although appropriate, seem inadequate. It makes us appreciate even more what our military forces have given us during our history.

Visited August 2014
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Northport, Alabama
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“brief visit at well-maintained place”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

I stopped primarily because I wanted to see the monument to the Great Train Chase from the Civil War, and explored a bit more of the cemetery. The monument is right in front, so if that is your sole reason to visit you don't need to get a map or ask for directions. If you go early in the day, you may find hawks around the facility. I was able to capture a photo of one perched atop a cannon on top of the hill.

Visited August 2014
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“A Sobering Experience”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Recently we visited the National Cemetery in Chattanooga for our first time, trying to find a particular marker for a friend who wanted a picture of it. I was impressed with the availability of directions from the kiosk (even after hours) to a particular grave. I was surprised at the size of the cemetery and number of markers there. Seeing people there visiting graves of loved ones was sobering. What a lot of dedication to our country and sacrifices made are represented there.

Visited June 2014
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Georgia
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“A day of history in the mountains”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

My husband is a history buff and wanted to stop here. It was painless for two teens and myself because the scenery was beautiful with mountains in the distance. We also learned about the great train chase of the civil war. The bathrooms were clean and the staff was vey nice.

Visited July 2014
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