Today, travelers cross the Hiwassee River with hardly a thought. However, at the time of the Civil War, and earlier, the river was a formidable feature of the landscape. It was a corridor of travel and trade; a real or potential obstacle, boundary, or barrier. On July 23rd, join Nat’l. Park Service historian Jim Ogden and other local experts aboard pontoon boats for an 11 mile journey along the “line of the Hiwassee.” Explore the site of the November, 1861 bridge burning and learn about the river’s role in Burnside’s advance into East Tennessee; Forrest’s “Horse Races” and Wheeler’s and Long’s Raids; and the Knoxville campaign and its relief.
The 1863 Hiwassee River Bridge replaced the bridge burned in 1861 during the uprising of East Tennessee Unionists. The bridge today rests atop the original piers.
“The Henegar House,” a painting by Don Troiani, depicts General W.T. Sherman before his hurried march to Maj. General Burnside’s relief in Knoxville. Today the Henegar House in Charleston is privately owned.
Schedule: 8:30 AM: Check in at Parking Area/Boat Ramp at the Hwy 58 bridge over the Hiwassee River near Georgetown
9:00 AM: Boats depart
Mid-morning – Walking tour of Charleston
1:00 PM: Boats return to Boat Ramp at Hwy 58
Weather: The Tour will go rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms or lightning, the tour will be done by vehicles. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen and insect repellant and wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Special conditions: The walking tour in Charleston will be for a distance of several city blocks, or about a mile, and over level paved and grass areas. From the boat dock in Charleston, participants will encounter about 15 steps up to street level.
The tour is open to the public; there is no fee but Pre-registration is required. The tour is expected to fill quickly. We will keep a “waiting list” in case there are cancellations. To Register click HERE.
Friday, July 8th Update: The Tour is now FULL. We are starting a waiting list as often there are cancellations and we’re able to accommodate folks on the waiting list – so please register in case we get openings. As soon as we get an opening we’ll notify the next person on the list. Thank you.
Questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thanks to our Three-Star Partners:
National Park Service, Chickamauga and Chattanooga Nat’l. Military Park
Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society
Boat Captains from Bradley and McMinn Counties