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1862-1863 Dr. Milo Smith

DR MILO SMITH 1842-52-62-63

(Lived 1807-1869)

Dr. Milo Smith served his sixth and seventh terms as mayor during a time of great turmoil, with the country involved in the Civil War.  During his term, the city became a refuge for many as other southern cities began to fall.   The great unrest within the nation did not spare Chattanooga, as during the summer of 1862, the city became the headquarters for the Confederate Army’s hospital corps.  On June 7, the city fell under attack from the Union army for the first time.   

By June 1863, as he abandoned middle Tennessee, Confederate General Braxton Bragg began amassing his troops in Chattanooga.  On September 8, 1863, General Bragg and his army withdrew from Chattanooga and the Union army entered.  A state of martial law was enforced and Mayor Smith’s final term of service ended.

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