The early history of Hamilton County, Tennessee, which includes the City of Chattanooga, is recalled in this spiral bound booklet taken from: History of Tennessee, originally published in 1887 by Goodspeed Publishing Co. The new 109-page spiral-bound booklet is printed on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The booklet contents include: The enabling act forming the county; Location and physical features; Early Scotch settlers, many of whom married Indian girls; Hasten Poe, and other early settlers; John Walling and "Walden's Ridge"; Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickamauga Indians; Land grants; Conflicts and treaties with Indians; The Ridge party and the Ross party; The mission, cemetery and cave on Missionary Ridge; ; Dallas, the first county seat; County buildings; the Civil War -- a visit and speech from Jefferson Davis; a reply from William Crutchfield, Bridge burning incident, Arrival of Gen. Rosecrans and the Army of the Cumberland, Battle of Chickamauga ("the hardest fought and most bloody battle of the Rebellion,"), General Grant and the Battle on Lookout Mountain, Battle of Missionary Ridge, etc.; the United States National Military Cemetery and the Confederate Cemetery; County Officials and Legislators from Hamilton County; Court trials, etc.; Murder of a sheriff and his deputy; Attorneys -- A.G. Welcker, D.M. Key, Reese B. Brabson, John A. Minnis, Gen. Francis Walker, George Lyle, James A. Whiteside; Public Schools; Chattanooga University and the question of the right of colored students to attend; Chattanooga churches -- the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the Centenary Methodist Episcopal Church South, the Christian church, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Jewish Synagogue, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the First Baptist Church, etc.; History and location of Chattanooga; Chattanooga officials; the first train into Chattanooga and other railroads; the Civil War in the city; Businesses, utilities, manufacturers, newspapers and banks in Chattanooga; Yellow fever epidemic of 1878; Small pox epidemic of 1882-3; Secret organizations; Postmasters; the Chattanooga Orphans' Home for white children; the Steele Home for colored children; Trouble over the city charter in 1883 resulting from colored men placed on the police force; Coulterville, Sale Creek, Soddy, Daisy, Melville, Hixson, King's Point, Boyce, Old Dallas, Harrison Tyner, Chickamauga, Fairmount, Summertown, Wauhatchie and other places; and other items of interest. A second booklet will soon be available with biographies of many Hamilton County residents taken from this same source, plus items of interest from other sources.
Hamilton County, TN
Sources: History of Hamilton County Tennessee; History of Tennessee; History of Memphis TN
Authors: Mary L. Geiffs
Original Publication Year: 1886
Original Publisher: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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