Loudon Railroad Bridge

The covered East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad bridge here was an important link between Chattanooga and Virginia. Confederates burned the bridge as they evacuated the area in September 1863. Union soldiers then established a rail base at Loudon, shuttling supplies across the river. Confederates again took control of the area a few months later, but were displaced by Union Gen. William T. Sherman's advance again in December. The bridge, rebuilt in 1864, was under Union control the rest of the war.