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Chattanooga is the fourth largest city in the State of Tennessee. It is surrounded by mountains, lying between the portion of the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.

Chattanooga in Joe Steele Edit

Shortly after starting his second term in 1937, President Joe Steele traveled to Chattanooga to celebrate the completion of one of the Tennessee River Valley dams he had ordered built during his first term in office.[1] Mayor Edward Davis Bass greeted Steele at the podium. As Steele began his speech, he was interrupted by Captain Roland Laurence South who tried to kill him with his service pistol. South fired twice at Steele, hitting and wounding him once, then a third wild round in his general direction and a fourth into the ceiling as he fell dying from Secret Service returning fire.[2] Fortunately, President Steele survived with just a flesh wound that cracked a rib.[3]

Chattanooga in Southern Victory Edit

Frequently during the Great War, US Lt. Gen. George Armstrong Custer frequently mentioned how close his First Army was to taking Nashville and then Chattanooga. Custer's adjutant, Abner Dowling, thought this ridiculous nonsense since the First Army was far from breaking through into Nashville. However, the success of the Barrel Roll Offensive led to the fall of Nashville, and the First Army advanced towards Murfreesboro. Dowling realized that Chattanooga might end up in US hands after all when Murfreesboro fell, but before this could happen the First Army was halted near Nolensville by a CS ceasefire request. After hearing that President Theodore Roosevelt had accepted the ceasefire, Custer shouted angrily, "Murfreesboro?! To hell with Murfreesboro! We'd be advancing on Chattanooga, damn me to hell if we wouldn't!"

In 1943, during the Second Great War, US General Irving Morrell targeted Chattanooga in a major offensive campaign. His forces took Chattanooga in the late summer of that year with considerable help from paratroopers, frustrating Confederate General George Patton's plans to defend Chattanooga house-to-house as US forces had done to such great effect in Pittsburgh the previous year.

References Edit

  1. Joe Steele, pg. 143, HC.
  2. Ibid, pg. 148.
  3. Ibid, pg. 150.

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