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Rock Spring in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Peavine Church

Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail

 
 
Peavine Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
1. Peavine Church Marker
Inscription. The majority of the people who came into the area to establish Walker County were deeply religious. Soon after establishing their farms, the residents of most areas usually built a church that also served as a community and social center for the surrounding area. One such church was the Peavine Church located on Peavine Creek. During the war this facility consisted of a small frame church building with an adjacent cemetery.

During the years before the war a large farming community grew up in the area around and between the Rock Spring and Peavine Churches. Both of these churches served as prominent landmarks in the region. During the Chickamauga Campaign, Confederate forces occupied and camped throughout this area, and at one time Federal forces occupied the grounds of the Peavine Church.

During the days that led up to the Battle of Chickamauga, Confederate Corps Commander Leonidas Polk was camped with his command in the Rock Spring area. At 2 p.m. on September 13, General H.T. B. Walker was ordered to swing his entire division from right to left, in order to strike against enemy forces that were said to be a Peavine Church in force. Before the order was executed, however, “it was discovered that leaving his skirmishers to deceive, he [the enemy] had gone with his whole force toward Chattanooga.” At
Peavine Church Marker-Gen. Braxton Bragg image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
2. Peavine Church Marker-Gen. Braxton Bragg
5 p.m. on the same day, General Braxton Bragg and his staff returned south to LaFayette. The following day, General Polk and the rest of the Confederate forces left the area of the Peavine Church and also followed General Bragg south to LaFayette.

The Confederate forces returned to the area a few days later, and Leetís Mill and Tanyard, located a short distance east of the church, became a major staging area for the coming battle. “Left LaFayette at 4 P.M.,” R. J. Jones, 1st Confederate Infantry, noted in his diary on September 17, “& arrived at Pattonís St[o]re at 10 oíclock at night. Formed line of battle through Pattonís fields and remained there all night.” Leetís Tanyard, a short distance east of the Peavine Church, served as Confederate Commander Braxton Braggís headquarters just prior to the battle of Chickamauga. It was there that he met with his generals and planned the upcoming battle.

Although Bragg left the Leetís Mill and Tanyard area on the morning of September 18, there was still a Confederate military presence in the vicinity of Peavine Church both during and after the Battle of Chickamauga. Some of the Confederate wounded from battle were cared for and treated at the church.

The Peavine Church cemetery is significant because of the fact that it is known to contain the graves of a number of prominent
Peavine Church Marker-Gen. Leonidas Polk image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
3. Peavine Church Marker-Gen. Leonidas Polk
wartime civilians. For example, Arthur Leet, the proprietor of Leetís Mill and Tanyard is buried at the Peavine Church cemetery. It is also probable that several Confederate veterans including men who died from wounds received in the battle are also buried there.


 
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 34° 50.778′ N, 85° 13.285′ W. Marker is in Rock Spring, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Peavine Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Spring GA 30739, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leet's Spring and Tanyard (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Napier House (approx. 2 miles away); Old Tavern Road (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rock Springs Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Henderson Plantation (approx. 2.4 miles away); Clarissa Hunt Plantation (approx. 2.7 miles away); Worthen's Gap (approx. 3 miles away); Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail, Army of Tennessee site #10 The marker
Peavine Church Marker-Map image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
4. Peavine Church Marker-Map
is at the entrance to the cemetery.
 
Also see . . .
1. Peavine Baptist Church Website. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. The Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
Peavine Church Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
5. Peavine Church Cemetery and Marker
The church as described by the marker does not exist in its original state. Over the years it has expanded, including at the time of this writing, major construction was being done.
Peavine Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2012
6. Peavine Church Marker
Marker in relation to Peavine Church
Peavine Church Today image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2012
7. Peavine Church Today
Peavine Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By David Tibbs, October 12, 2008
8. Peavine Church Cemetery
W.A. Theoford- Confederate Grave image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2012
9. W.A. Theoford- Confederate Grave
Died Sept 20, 1863. Possibly killed at Battle of Chickamauga.
James A. Cartwright- Confederate Grave image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2012
10. James A. Cartwright- Confederate Grave
Co. G
12 GA Cav
CSA
L.W. Meek- Confederate Grave image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2012
11. L.W. Meek- Confederate Grave
Died Aug. 4, 1863. Possibly wounded at Battle of Chickamauga.
 
 
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