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Dalton in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves
 
General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
1. General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves Marker
 
Inscription. Here on January 2, 1864, Gen. Patrick Cleburne proposed arming slaves in exchange for their freedom to alleviate the manpower shortage facing the Confederacy. Almost all the other generals present opposed the idea of black Confederate soldiers because it violated the principles upon which the Confederacy was founded. Gen. Patton Anderson said the proposal “would shake our governments, both state and Confederate, to their very foundations,” and Gen. A.P. Stewart said it was “at war with my social, moral and political principles.” Considering the proposal treasonous, Gen. W.H.T. Walker informed President Jefferson Davis, who ordered any mention of it to be suppressed. In March 1865, with defeat looming, the Confederate Congress approved enlisting slaves, but few did and none saw combat. Conversely, nearly 200,000 free African Americans served in the U.S. armed forces.
 
Erected 2011 by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for the Civil War 150 commemoration. (Marker Number 155-4.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 46.533′ N,
 
General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
2. General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves Marker
The Cook-Huff House is in the background.
 
84° 58.167′ W. Marker is in Dalton, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on North Selvidge Street 0 miles south of Hawthorn Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker stands in front of the Cook-Huff House, used by General Joseph Johnston as his headquarters in January 1864 while he planned his defenses for the campaign for Atlanta. Johnston was appointed to command the Army of the Tennessee in late December 1863. Marker is at or near this postal address: 314 North Selvidge Street, Dalton GA 30720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Huff House (here, next to this marker); Tristam Dalton (approx. ¼ mile away); George Whitefield (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joseph E. Johnston Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); African-American Soldiers in Combat (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hamilton House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Campaign for Atlanta: Johnston's Review (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Blunt House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Dalton.
 
More about this marker. The marker was erected as part of Georgia's Civil War 150 historic marker project.
 
Also see . . .  Video of Dedecation Ceremony. (Submitted on July 17, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
3. Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker
The setting for the dedication on July 14, 2011
 
 
Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
4. Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker
David Pennington, Mayor of Dalton, GA, welcomes guests to the dedication. Dr. Todd Groce, President/CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, is in the background.
 
 
Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
5. Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker
Michael Thurmond, former Georgia Labor Commissioner and a member of the Georgia Historical Society Board of Governors, gives the Keynote Address.
 
 
Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
6. Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker
Immediately prior to the unveiling of the marker, with Mr. Pennington, Dr. Groce, Mr. Thurmond, and other local dignitaries and members of the Dalton committee for the Georgia Civil War 150 project.
 
 
Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
7. Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker
The marker unveiled, with the owner of the Cook-Huff house, Mr Thurmond, Dr. Groce, and Robert Jenkins (behind Dr. Groce), a member of the Dalton-Whitfield Civil War 150th Commemoration Committee, who spoke at the ceremony.
 
 
Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker Photo, Click for full size
By David Seibert, July 14, 2011
8. Dedication of the "General Cleburne’s Proposal to Arm Slaves" Marker
The marker following the dedication; North Selvidge Street (looking south) is on the right.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 836 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week July 24, 2011. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 16, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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