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“A small part of our history”

Silverdale Confederate Cemetery
Ranked #48 of 149 things to do in Chattanooga
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Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A small part of our history”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Many years ago, my husband and I stumbled on this small Confederate cemetery across from our hotel in Chattanooga. We had never heard of it even though my husband is a student of everything pertaining to the Civil War. We went back recently and found it well-preserved and cared for. It's not a battlefield, but it is a gem of American history and all those who lie there deserve to be honored.

Visited April 2014
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Midland, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth the trip-A quiet piece of history”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

I am part of a group of motorcycle riders who travel from Los Angeles to Washington DC every year bringing recognition to Veterans as well as our present military. We ride the Southern route and one of the stops is Chatanooga, TN - the Harley Davidson dealership and the Silverdale Confederate Cemetery. This Cemetery is one of the stops I look forward to every year. One of the reviews said this is a waste of time because there is no history at the cemetery. I beg to differ. The history is all around the Cemetery and under the ground. 155 unnamed soldiers both Confederate and Union were dumped at this site. There is an organization trying to research the unknown dead in order to give them markers. The first year I was there, a local rider from Chatanooga kept us captivated as he played Shanendoah on the Harmonica. There wasn't a dry eye in the group. To me, this is Cemetery is a quiet reminder of a piece of history that bears a pause along the road.

Visited May 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“Respectfully done”
Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

You can feel the history as you walk the grounds. It is well-maintained with a beautiful stone wall encompassing the cemetery and an iron gate entrance. It's hard to imagine what this area must have been like back during Civil War days.

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Hawaii Kai, Hawaii
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Unknown nameless Confederate Soldiers”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

This place is right next to Harley Davidson and right across the street from the waffle house and hotels. You enter in see the american flag and the confederate flag. It's a small little cemetery with all these confederate soldiers with names unknown. It's pointless to me actually. Waste of space. No history.

Visited October 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great stop”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

After seeing the national cemetery in Chattanooga, we decided we should see this. It is small and off the main road down a thin one lane trail, but worth seeing. The stone walls and old grave markers really make it a special place to come and think about the average confederate soldier who fought in the war. A sign on the entryway near the road mentions the soldiers here fought at Perryville in 1862, far from the more famous Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Chickamauga. Don't miss the plaque on the archway near the road, both sides tell the story of this sacred place.

Visited September 2013
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