“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Tunnel Hill in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Clisby Austin House

Clisby Austin House Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, November 10, 2007
1. Clisby Austin House Marker
Inscription. 400 yds. S.E., at the big spring, is the brick residence known as the Austin House. May 7, 1864 The Federal forces, having seized Tunnel Hill their first movement in the campaign for Atlanta Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman had headquarters at the Austin House until May 12. While here, Sherman learned that McPherson's forces had failed to cut the R.R. at Resaca, after seizing Snake Creek Gap May 9, where upon the attempts at Rocky Face, Crow Valley and Mill Creek Gap, were dropped and all federal units but the 4th A.C., Stoneman's and McCook's cav., were shifted May 12, to the Resaca front via Villanow and Snake Creek Gap.
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 155-25.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 50.409′ N, 85° 2.591′ W. Marker is in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Oak Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tunnel Hill GA 30755, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tunnel Hill (here, next to this marker); Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel
Clisby Austin House Distant View image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, November 10, 2007
2. Clisby Austin House Distant View
(here, next to this marker); The Excavation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crow Valley (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mill Creek Gap (approx. 2.7 miles away); Confederate Defense of Mill Creek Gap (approx. 2.7 miles away); Stevenson's Line (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Flooded Gap (approx. 2.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tunnel Hill.
Regarding Clisby Austin House. As the battle of Chickamauga 1863, was being fought, the Clisby Austin House was used as a confederate hospital. Many wounded were cared for here including Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood. He was injured during the battle and had to have one of his legs amputated, he and his leg were sent to the Clisby Austin House so, if in the event of his death, they could be buried together. Hood survived his wounds and his leg was buried in the family cemetery near the house, (another story says his leg was buried up on the hillside in the woods). Gen. Hood was then sent to the William Little House in Suttles Mill, Georgia where he made a full recovery.
Also see . . .  Tunnel Hill Heritage Center
Clisby Austin House image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, September 28, 2008
3. Clisby Austin House
This house is privately owned, please respect their privacy. You can get very close to the house, but do not go beyond the wooden fence.
. The Clisby Austin House, and the historic W&A Railroad Tunnel are all located on the same grounds. Visit The Heritage Center for more information. (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.) 
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,157 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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