In a November 7, 2008, photograph, Don Bible, a Greene County native who has studied the story of the November 1861 bridge burnings, stands beside a monument in Midway to the bridge burners, five of whom Confederate authorities hanged. (Photo courtesy Knoxville News Sentinal/Clay Owen)
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Sunday, November 17th, 2013
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In the cold dark of night, small groups of men at the direction of President Abraham Lincoln undertook a secret, one-night guerrilla operation to burn nine railroad bridges in Confederate-occupied East Tennessee.