Historic Billy Goat Hill To Be Preserved

Sherman Marched Up It Thinking He Had Reached The Ridge

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Historic Billy Goat Hill in East Chattanooga will be preserved, Bobby Davenport of the Trust for Public Land said Wednesday.

Mr. Davenport said 36.1 acres of wooded land at the top of Billy Goat Hill is being acquired from Stein Construction Company.

He said the land is appraised at $500,000. He said Stein Construction is making a donation of half the property. The $250,000 required for the purchase is coming from the Civil War Preservation Trust.

Union Gen. William Sherman's troops advanced to Billy Goat Hill in late 1863 thinking they had reached Missionary Ridge, where Confederate troops were conducting a siege of Chattanooga.

Mr. Davenport said a number of Civil War trenches are still visible at Billy Goat Hill.

He said preservationists have been trying for decades to set aside the historic side. He noted that former County Executive Dalton Roberts was interested in an effort to "Save Billy Goat Hill."

Mr. Davenport said, "It's one of those beautiful Chattanooga hilltops that we look at every day. It is also one of the sites that has been at the top of the list for those seeking to preserve Civil War sites."

He said Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise has donated an adjacent 1.2 acre site at Billy Goat Hill.

Mr. Davenport said the state of Tennessee will be holding the property.

He said it is hoped to eventually assemble enough property to go along with the nearby Sherman Reservation of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Battlefield to justify a park ranger being stationed on Missionary Ridge.

Mr. Davenport said, "I've been meeting people from all over the country who go up and down Missionary Ridge every day."

He said visitors who come here for the Civil War history contribute significantly to the economy.

Mr. Davenport said the property was bought by Stein Construction Company for possible use as a "borrow pit," but he said the firm "never laid a shovel to it."



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALEXANDER, MELANIE SYDNEY 816 ASTERWOOD DRIVE ROSSVILLE, 30741 25 Chattanooga POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - MARIJUANA BAXTER, TRAVIS MATTHEW 1330 GREENSLAKE ROAD EAST RIDGE, 37412 22 East Ridge AGGRAVATED DOMESTIC ASSAULT W/VEHICLE POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA BELL, CHARLIE ... (click for more)

Deputy Beaten After Vehicle Crashes In His Yard Sues Officers

A man who was mistakenly beaten by officers who had been pursuing a pickup truck that crashed into his home has sued Hamilton County and the officers for $700,000. Aaron Lucas Shelton and his wife, Heather Nicole Shelton, filed the suit in Circuit Court. Aaron Shelton is himself a deputy sheriff. It names Curtis Brian Killingsworth and unknown officers who allegedly took part ... (click for more)

We Ought To Pay Our Own Way

The government is too big. It has never been bigger - by any measure. It spends more money than any other single actor in our society. From Blue Rhinos to providing telecommunications services, our government knows no bounds. We’ve gone from a free enterprise system to a public enterprise system.  I'm not an artist. I'm not terribly tech savvy. The part of government that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Secret Train Ride

It was during Christmas of 2003 when Bennett Levin and his wife found themselves talking and worrying about the wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and at the nearby Bethesda Naval Hospital. Their wish was that they could do something meaningful, something really grand, for the soldiers who had lost limbs, their eyesight, and far worse. As ... (click for more)

Villavic, Henderson Win Scenic City Half-Marathon Titles

(Complete results will be posted later today for both races) It was just a little bit nippy at Finley Stadium for Saturday morning’s running of the Scenic City Half-Marathon and 5K, but it was probably just about perfect for those who decided to compete. Cristian Villavic, a 42-year-old professional runner from Nicaragua who is currently living in Manchester with his coach, ... (click for more)

UTC Lady Mocs Run Past ETSU , 64-42

It was Senior Day Saturday afternoon for Ka'Vonne Towns and the UTC senior walked off the  McKenzie Arena floor for the last time with a basket full of memories and points. The Lilburn, Ga. native totaled 14 points and four rebounds as the Lady Mocs ran past visiting East Tenn. State, 64-42, in a Southern Conference women's basketball game. Ranked No.18 and ... (click for more)