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29. Stacked High


My husband is a Civil War buff and on this day we toured the Chickamauga Battlefield, the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of the American Civil War and which involved the second highest number of casualties in the war following the Battle of Gettysburg. On a slight hill, this monument (Wilder Tower) with its blocks stacked high to a total of 85 feet was built after the war and completed in 1904. It is a monument to Union Colonel John T. Wilder and his “Lightning Brigade.” Once inside and you climb to the top, you have a view of nearly all of the Battlefield. Construction was paid for by privately raised funds, much of which came from Wilder’s men. It is located near the site of Widow Glenn’s house when Rebel forces broke through at the Brotherton Cabin during the battle of Chickamauga (September 19 – 20, 1863). The Union Commander was William S. Rosecrans, for whom my Great Grandfather was a scout, and the Confederate Commanders were Braxton Bragg and James Longstreet.

If you find yourselves near Chattanooga, TN, especially if you have an interest in the Civil War, by all means take the time to drive through the Chickamauga Battlefield.


Author: tnwaltz

A true Southerner, I was born in Georgia but lived most of my adult life in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2001, my husband and I retired and moved to beautiful Sarasota, FL. We quickly realized that we were not retirement material and could not play golf two or three times a week so we got our real estate licenses and affiliated with Coldwell Banker on Longboat Key. My love for photography is very beneficial to me when photographing interiors and exteriors of the homes we list. Other than photography, I have a keen interest in genealogy and golf (whenever I can find the spare time from our real estate practice).

7 thoughts on “29. Stacked High

  1. Not only is your photo lovely, so is the history lesson!


  2. Nice picture and good background on the battle. It truly amazes me the number of casualties suffered during the Civil War. I am thankful my service was during a time where technology aided in the reduction of service personnel lost in battle.


  3. MN, you tell such interesting & educational stories. Thank you. And of course you include excellent photos. Glad I served on an aircraft carrier instead of a civil war battlefield.


  4. Really nice composition and history lesson.


  5. Beautiful photograph and an interesting history lesson too – great.


  6. I love history photos!! L.B.


  7. I don’t know much about the Civil War. Always good to be educated.


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