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Catoosa County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgiamarker. It was created on December 5, 1853. As of 2000, the population was 53,282. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 62,241. The county seat is Ringgoldmarker.

Catoosa County is part of the Chattanoogamarker, TNmarker–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 163 square miles (421 km²), of which, 162 square miles (420 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0.27%) is water. It is the smallest county in Georgia.

Civil War

At the outbreak of the War Between the States the men of Catoosa County answered the call to go and protect their homes. They joined units in the surrounding counties as well as the following units organized in Catoosa County:

1st Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers, Company B, Ringold Volunteers

1st Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers, Company D

1st Confederate Regiment Georgia Volunteers, Company I

1st Georgia State Line Troops, Company A

11th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company G

39th Regiment, Georgia Infantry, Company F

War would come to Catoosa County soon enough. Many area homes would become hospitals and treat wounded soldiers from all over. These included hospitals at Catoosa Springs, Cherokee Springs, the Old Stone Church and many other locations. The fighting itself would also make its way into the area. The following engagements were fought in and around Catoosa County.


April 7-12 Union forces raid Confederate railroads and lines of communications between Marietta and Chattanooga, Tennessee


September 10 Skirmish near Graysville

September 12 Skirmish at Leet's Tan Yard

September 17 Skirmish at Ringgold

September 18 Skirmish at Alexander's Bridge

September 18 Action at Reed's Bridge

September 19-21 Battle of Chickamauga

November 23-27 The Ringgold-Chattanooga Campaign

November 26 Action at Ringgold

November 26 Skirmish at Graysville

November 27 Engagement at Ringgold Gap

December 13 Skirmish at Ringgold


January 30 Skirmish at Chickamauga

February 8 Skirmish at Ringgold

February 18 Skirmish at Ringgold

February 23 Skirmish at Catoosa Station

February 27 Skirmish at Stone Church, near Catoosa Platform

March 5 Skirmish at Leet's Tan Yard

March 9 Skirmish near Nickajack Gap

April 14 Skirmish at Taylor's Ridge

May 1 Skirmish at Stone Church

May 2 Skirmish at Lee's Cross Roads

May 2 Skirmish near Ringgold Gap

May 3 Skirmish at Catoosa Springs

May 3 Skirmish at Chickamauga Creek

May 7 Skirmish near Nickajack Gap

October 27 Skirmish near Trickum's Cross Roads


March 20 Skirmish at Ringgold

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As of the census of 2000, there were 53,282 people, 20,425 households, and 15,400 families residing in the county. The population density was 328 people per square mile (127/km²). There were 21,794 housing units at an average density of 134 per square mile (52/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.39% White, 1.26% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,425 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 21.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 30.80% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,998, and the median income for a family was $45,710. Males had a median income of $31,746 versus $23,790 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,009. About 6.40% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.50% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.


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