This small cluster of historical markers tel the story of the Civil War in this section of Tennessee. One of the markers connote the birthplace of the only governor of the Confederate State of Tennessee. Another tells the story of a building that served as a hospital and the headquarters for the Army of Tennessee from Jan-July of 1863. This also serves as the start of the Tullahoma Campaign trail which includes markers that follow along the movements of soldiers during the Civil War.


  • Markers located at this site as well as the small monument marking the location of the Army of Tennessee headquarters. Photo by Sharon N. Goodman.
    Markers located at this site as well as the small monument marking the location of the Army of Tennessee headquarters. Photo by Sharon N. Goodman.
  • Image of the Ganoe-Bussell log cabin. Cabin can be seen from the Marker destination and is near the entrance to the South Jackson Civic Center. Photo by Sharon N. Goodman.
    Image of the Ganoe-Bussell log cabin. Cabin can be seen from the Marker destination and is near the entrance to the South Jackson Civic Center. Photo by Sharon N. Goodman.

Following the events of the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tullahoma became the headquarters of the Army of Tennessee under the command of General Braxton Bragg. This headquarters became the longest undisturbed encampment of any Confederate troops in the war. The soldiers were stationed here until the ever advancing Union troops, under the command of Major General William S. Rosecrans, forced a retreat to Chattanooga. Following this retreat the Union Army controlled the vast majority of Tennessee.

Another point of interest located near this site is a small log cabin which can be seen from this cluster of markers. This cabin, known as the Ganoe-Bussel cabin, was purchased by the Ganoe family in 1898 and used by their descendants until 1975. The cabin itself likely predates its purchase as evidence by its general structure as well as the building practices used in its construction.This small one room home is likely the oldest building in all of Tullahoma.

These informational markers are the first in a series of markers that follow along the actual trail of the Tullahoma Campaign. The trail is sponsored by the Tennessee Backroads Heritage association.The "Tennessee Backroads Tullahoma Campaign Civil War Trail" brochure is free and available from the Tennessee Backroads office at 300 South Jackson Street. All sites are free and open to the public unless noted as private property.

"History of Tullahoma." Tullahoma. City of Tullahoma, Accessed August 8th 2016. . Morfe, Don. "Tullahoma Campaign." Historical Marker Database. July 13, 2014. Accessed on August 5th 2016. .