Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Crittenden's corps at Lee and Gordon's Mills
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
After placing a "strong cordon of outposts and pickets" along the western side of the creek, the Federal Army occupied the site. Some of the soldiers explored the buildings around the mill complex. Colonel Emerson Opdyke, 125th Ohio Infantry Regiment. later wrote: "the mills here are good and there is a large amount of wheat stored but the rebels destroyed the machinery."
This advance party was joined at Lee and Gordon's Mills the next day by the other two divisions of General Thomas L. Crittenden's 21st Federal Army Corps. The divisions under General John M. Palmer and Horatio Van Cleve took up positions north of the mills, while Wood's brigades remained directly on the site. The 3rd Wisconsin Artillery Battery also arrived at the mills that afternoon. With orders from General Rosecrans on September 13th directing him "to try stoutly to maintain the position at Gordon's Mills, but if attacked by a superior force, to fall back slowly, resisting stoutly, to Rossville."
Throughout the day on September 12th, Confederate General Leonidas Polk received reports indicating a major Federal advance toward
The men of General Crittenden's Corps remained in their fortified positions on the grounds of Lee and Gordon's Mills. Between 11 a.m. and noon on the 18th the advance of Confederate skirmishers against the Federal right front began. Confederate infantry drove the Federal pickets back to the west side of West Chickamauga Creek, but made no effort at that time to follow the Federals across the stream."
Throughout the afternoon an artillery duel was fought. The Confederate infantry lay flat, and the federal artillery shells did little damage. Many of the Federal shells, one Confederate officer, observed, passed over the heads of the prone infantrymen and burst in the rear. One ball, however, did strike the rear of Clarissa Hunt's house, piercing the wall, going through an inner wall and through another
That night, the Confederates crossed the creek in strength further north of the mills, and on the morning of September 19, the Battle of Chickamauga began, General Crittenden and the men of his corps were pulled north to join in the general fighting of the battle.
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 53.005′ N, 85° 16.032′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Red Belt Road south of Lee-Gordon Mill Circle. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the grounds of the historic Lee-Gordon Mill, on the northern edge of the visitor's parking lot, along with two other panel, historical markers. Marker is in this post office area: Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Joe Wheeler's Attack (here, next to this marker); Start of the Atlanta Campaign (here, next to this marker); Lee and Gordon's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Confederate (about 300 feet away, Wood's Division (about 300 feet away); 3rd Georgia Cavalry (about 300 feet away); Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Lytle's Brigade (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chickamauga.
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