CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press) - Most hikers trekking through a span of scrubby woods on a remote edge of Camp Jordan would not notice the long, steep bank that rises from a wide clearing on West Chickamauga Creek.

But Raymond Evans can visualize tents pitched inside the space created by those earthen walls. He can picture Union troops struggling to keep warm in the winter of 1863, training and gathering supplies for a southward march in spring.

Evans -- a local anthropologist and researcher who has written more than 30 books on the Civil War -- believes the banks are Union-made military barriers called "earthworks."

And he thinks the earthworks made up a large fort system -- technically known as a "redoubt" -- occupied by a regiment of Union Gen. William T. Sherman's troops in the months after the army's victory at the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

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