On Friday, August 21, 1863 John T. Wilder of the Union’s Army of the Cumberland commanded Eli Lilly to move his six cannons and 150 men to Stringer’s Ridge and to begin shelling Chattanooga and General Braxton Bragg’s Confederate Army. The artillery shells ripped through the town below while many were inside places of worship observing a special day of fasting and prayer by request from Jefferson Davis. Two ships were sunk, a pontoon bridge destroyed, some women and children killed and wounded during what one Confederate soldier called “act of atrocity of our savage foe.”
Last year we renewed the battle, and for 15 hours the cannons fired until there was one standing. This year toe the line and light the fuse to see how many loops you can do. Can you go once, twice, six or more times? Can you be the last runner standing when the cannons cease their fire and the smoke clears?