German POW monument.
German POW monument: "during the war years died here far from home."

German POW Graves

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga National Cemetery is the biggest burial ground in Tennessee. Surprisingly, none of the umpteen-thousand people buried there are Confederate soldiers, but 186 of them are Germans who died while in American POW camps. The German soldiers even have their own monument.

Also in the cemetery is a monument topped by a small bronze replica of The General, a Confederate locomotive captured and run pell-mell across Georgia by a group of Union spies known as Andrews' Raiders. It's in the cemetery because six of Andrews' Raiders are buried under it -- including James Andrews -- after they were caught and hanged by the Confederates.

German POW Graves

Chattanooga National Cemetery

1200 Bailey Ave., Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga National Cemetery. Downtown. I-24 exit 181. Drive north on 4th Ave., then at the first stoplight turn left onto 23rd St. Drive a half-mile, then turn right onto Holtzclaw Ave. Drive north a half-mile, then turn left into the cemetery, then turn right and drive until you come to the office, where you can pick up a self-guided tour pamphlet.
Gates open M-F 8-4:30 (Virus outbreak may affect access to attraction. Call to verify.)
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