Confederate Hospital Is Topic At Civil War Round Table

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Chattanooga Civil War Round Table will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The meeting is at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Millis-Evans Room of Caldwell Hall on the campus of the McCallie School on Historic Missionary Ridge (enter off Dodds Avenue and follow the signs to the Academic Quadrangle). Historian Daniel E. Cone is the speaker.

Mr. Cone will speak about the Confederate hospital maintained for more than a year at the mineral springs resort near Ringgold, Catoosa Springs. The meeting is free and open to the public.

"The Saratoga of the Confederate States" is how the brochure read for the mineral springs resort located just east of Ringgold. There was a large hotel and many pleasant cottages for guests who wished to partake of the medicinal value of such springs as the red, white, and black sulphur springs and the iron, magnesia, and freestone springs.

When Chattanooga and the region began to be an important part of the active Confederate war effort in the Spring of 1861 and there was a need for facilities to handle the thousands and thousands of sick Southern soldiers, "The Saratoga of the Confederate States," Catoosa Springs, proved a natural place for the care of some of these sick, and injured.

Eventually, the Confederate hospital at Catoosa Springs became a part of an elaborate and well organized system of general hospitals serving the Army of Tennessee. Mr. Cone, will speak about his work on the history of Catoosa Springs and most specifically on the hospital that was located there for more than a year.

Mr. Cone's work has included making use of the extensive collection of Confederate hospital records at the University of Texas.

Mr. Cone is a native of Marietta, Ga., and is a 1999 graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. He is presently a graduate student in Public History at the State University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga. One of the projects he has taken on while there is the writing of a brief history of Catoosa Springs. Now, he is embarking on his master's thesis, a history of the 66th Georgia Infantry, Dade County James Cooper Nesbit's regiment. Mr. Cone is in his second summer as a seasonal interpreter at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and is a member of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta.

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