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.
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