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Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Georgia’s Paul Revere

 
 
Georgia’s Paul Revere Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2010
1. Georgia’s Paul Revere Marker
Inscription. Along this road John H. Wisdom rode from Gadsden, Ala. to warn that a Federal force of over 2,000 men was approaching Rome to occupy the town, destroy foundries making ammunition for the Confederates and to cut Confederate communications (May 2, 1863).

On Wisdom’s arrival in Rome the bridge over the Oostanaula river was fortified and made ready for burning as a last resort. Wisdom’s warning and the plans for defense played a big part in the surrender of Col. Streight [US] with 1,500 men to Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest [CS] with only 425 men.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 057-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 15.011′ N, 85° 10.691′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker is at the intersection of South Broad Street (Georgia Route 53) and Myrtle Street, on the right when traveling south on South Broad Street. Click for map. The marker stands in front of Myrtle Hill Cemetery, established in 1857. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ellen Louise Axson Wilson
Georgia’s Paul Revere Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2010
2. Georgia’s Paul Revere Marker
Looking north on South Broad Street, toward the bridge over the Etowah River into downtown Rome. The entrance to Myrtle Hill Cemetery, built on one of Rome's seven hills, is to the left.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Opera Alley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Floyd County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Davis’ March to Rome (approx. one mile away); French’s Div. at Rome (approx. one mile away); Federal Occupation of Rome (approx. one mile away); De Soto In Georgia (approx. 1.1 miles away); Original Cabin (approx. 1.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
Additional comments.
1. Rome, Georgia's appreciation to John Wisdom.
The grateful citizens of Rome gave the 42 year old Wisdom a $400 silver service and $400 cash for his warning the city of the potential arrival of Federal forces. John Wisdom made the 67 mile ride because the Union forces had sunk his ferryboat and his mother lived in Rome. Gadsden Times July 20, 1909.
    — Submitted March 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 883 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017.
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