Cleveland, Tenn., did not experience any Civil War battles, but that didn’t stop its residents from seeking out significant places or events that would tie their city of 42,000 to the war experience. The city, located in Bradley County in the southeastern part of the state, has carefully documented six war-related sites, including an unusual monument dedicated to the Grand Army of the Republic as well as one honoring the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The city has also documented a church, an apartment building, a museum and an extensive collection of Civil War- and Reconstruction-related records held by the county library in Cleveland as important local connections to the war.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, the former railroad depot will be recognized as a seventh location of importance because it was the site of a successful Union raid to gain control of the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad in 1863. The ceremony is a culmination of a weekend commemoration, according to a report in the Cleveland Daily Banner.
Although President Abraham Lincoln early on expressed concern about the control of the railroad lines at Cleveland, the area remained under Confederate authority from the beginning of the war until Union forces seized it two years later, according to the report.