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Blue Ridge in Fannin County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist

 
 
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
1. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker
Inscription. One of the leading Unionists in the state during the Civil War, William Clayton Fain was born in Georgia in 1825. A Fannin County lawyer and state representative, he served in the 1861 Secession Convention, where he opposed Georgia leaving the United States and refused to sign the Ordinance of Secession. During the Civil War, Fain was an outspoken supporter of the United States and an anti-Confederate leader among the sizeable number of Unionists in Fannin and adjoining counties. In 1864, the U.S. Army authorized him to raise recruits, which he conducted into Federal lines. Fain was captured and killed by Confederates near Ducktown, Tennessee, on April 6, 1864. He was one of many Southerners who opposed the Confederacy, including 400,000 – primarily from the Upper South – who enlisted in the U.S. armed forces.
 
Erected 2012 by Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Battlefields Association. (Marker Number 55-02.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 51.883′ N, 84° 19.5′ W. Marker is in Blue Ridge, Georgia, in Fannin County. Marker is at the intersection of
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
2. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker
East Main Street and Depot Street, on the left when traveling north on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Ridge GA 30513, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Ridge Park (within shouting distance of this marker); PFC. Jack Clem Robinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Fannin County (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia (approx. 8.9 miles away); Home of Chief Whitepath (approx. 10.2 miles away); Discovery of Copper (approx. 11.8 miles away in Tennessee); Georgia / North Carolina (approx. 12 miles away in North Carolina); Hiwassee Mine (approx. 12.1 miles away in Tennessee). Click for a list of all markers in Blue Ridge.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
3. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
The marker awaiting unveiling and dedication.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
4. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
A Union Civil War re-enactor served as guard at the ceremonies.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
5. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
Dr. Todd Groce, President/CEO of the Georgia Historical Society and the author of Mountain Rebels: East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War, 1860-1870, welcomed attendees to the dedication.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
6. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
Ms. Donna Whitener, Mayor of the City of Blue Ridge, greeted attendees.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
7. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
Mr. Kevin Langston, Deputy Commissioner, Tourism, Georgia Dept of Economic Development, spoke about the importance and economic impact of historic tourism.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
8. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
Mr. Travis McDaniel, a relative of William Clayton Fain, described Fain and his death during the Civil War. McDaniel, a free-lance writer, wrote an article for "Georgia Backroads" magazine about Georgia Unionist and William Clayton Fain. That story ultimately resulted in this marker.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
9. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
Rep. David Ralston of Blue Ridge, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, gave the Keynote Address at the dedication.
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
10. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
Mrs. Cindy Wentworth, Georgia Battlefields Association, narrated the unveiling of the marker by Dr. Groce, Speaker Ralston, and others dignitaries
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By David Seibert, October 11, 2012
11. William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist Marker Dedication
The marker, dedicated and unveiled.
 
 
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