Union Block House - Chattanooga TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 35° 03.663 W 085° 18.597
16S E 654112 N 3881119
Quick Description: Block houses were built during the Civil War for use as defensive position to protect critical assets. The military bridge spanning the river located here was protected by a block house similar to the example pictured here.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2020 12:02:52 AM
Waymark Code: WM139ET
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Union Block House-Renaissance Park- Block houses were built during the Civil War for use as defensive position to protect critical assets. The military bridge spanning the river located here was protected by a block house similar to the example pictured here.

Block houses were constructed with an exterior wall above an embankment made from the dirt excavated from a ditch surrounding the structure. They used heavy vertical and horizontal timbers to withstand artillery fire. Small openings were cut in the timbers just above the dirt embankment to accommodate defensive weapons fire. The tower on top served as a lookout vantage point.

Each block house would have housed from ten to as many as thirty soldiers. The blockhouse troops were often composed of members of regiments from the United States Colored Infantry.

LOCATION: Marker is in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker can be reached from River Street south of Cherokee Boulevard (Tennessee Route 8). This historic marker is located on the north side of the Tennessee River, in a riverside community park, just west of the "John Ross Bridge, "along a walking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Chattanooga TN 37403, United States of America.
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