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

The Gordon - Lee Mansion

Historic Chickamauga Georgia

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
1. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
Inscription. When he first came to the area, James Gordon lived in the old Cherokee log house located in what was called the “Fort Field.” While here he determined to build the grandest house in the area. The full effort took seven years, and in 1847 the splendid mansion was completed. After building his mansion, James Gordon formed a partnership with James Lee to establish the Lee and Gordon's Mills.

James Lee subsequently married Gordon's daughter Elizabeth. One of the first Confederate units, that became Company D., in the 1st Georgia Infantry Regiment, was organized above Crawfish Springs. James Clark Gordon, the son of James Gordon, was elected captain and commander of the company. He stood on a large rock, accepting his command. The rock still exists by the entrance to the drive leading to the house.

James Gordon's health failed and he died in the winter of 1863. Elizabeth Lee brought her children back to be with her mother. On the morning of September 16, 1863, Federal General William S. Rosecrans took over the Gordon mansion to serve as his headquarters. Sarah Gordon, the 57 year old widow of James Gordon, and her daughter and the grandchildren were relegated to one of the brick slave houses. When the battle started, Rosecrans moved his headquarters north to the Widow Glenn House.

Gordon Lee,
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
2. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of an early view of the mansion.
the four-year-old son of James and Elizabeth Lee, was at the Gordon House with his mother and grandmother during the battle. His constant cheerful nature made him a favorite with the federal soldiers there. In adult life, Gordon Lee liked to tell about his participation in the battle. “I was in but one battle,” he would say, “but that was the great battle of Chickamauga. I was in the Union lines at the beginning and in the Confederate lines at the end. I did not desert; but I was one of the few who stayed where they were when the Confederates advanced. Of course, no one can blame me for being annexed to the Confederacy.”

In later life Gordon Lee became a congressman and added the large columns to the front of the mansion. It was on these grounds that plans were made which resulted in the creation of the Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park.

Congressman Gordon Lee and John T. Wilder established the local coke ovens to serve the Durham Mines on Lookout Mountain. They also formed the Crawfish Springs Land Company and sold the lots that became the City of Chickamauga. The last members of the family were two elderly women who lived in the house until their death and the local school system assumed ownership. The city was considering tearing it down, when Dr. Frank Green purchased the house in 1975 and completely restored it.

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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
3. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of Colonel James Clark Gordon.
Dr. Green sold the property to the City of Chickamauga in 2007. The house and grounds, along with the fully restored Gordon Lee Mills forms the centerpiece for historic tourism in the local area.
 
Erected by Historic Chickamauga.
 
Location. 34° 52.286′ N, 85° 17.682′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Cove Road (Georgia Route 341) south of Gordon Street. Click for map. This marker is located on the grounds of Gordon Lee Mansion Park, along a driveway that goes back into the property, somewhat before you come to what use to be a slave cabin. Marker is at or near this postal address: 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clark Lee: Chickamauga's Black Confederate Soldier (here, next to this marker); Contributions of Enslaved African to the Area (a few steps from this marker); American Indian Occupation of the Area (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Field Headquarters Army of the Cumberland (about 500 feet away); Hospitals, Right Wing, Union Army. (about 500 feet away); Wheeler's Cavalry Corps
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
4. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
Close-up view, that is displayed on the marker, of James Lee.
(about 500 feet away); The Real Rock of Chickamauga (about 500 feet away); Georgia 3d Confederate Cavalry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chickamauga.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
 
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
5. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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Featured marker is seen on the right and a marker entitled, "Clark Lee: Chickamauga's Black Confederate Soldier," is seen on the left.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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A distant view of the marker, looking west along the driveway, with a view of one of the slave cabins in the background.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
8. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
A distant view of the marker, looking east along the driveway, with the front grounds of the property, that run along Cove Road, seen in the distant background.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
9. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
A very distant view of the marker, looking west along the property's driveway, from the front of the park grounds, near Cove Road.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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View of the southeast side of the Gordon - Lee Mansion as seen from near the front of a slave cabin.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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View of the front of the Gordon - Lee Mansion (seen on right side of picture) as seen from the grounds driveway.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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Close-up view of the front steps and front door of the Gordon - Lee Mansion.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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View of the grounds of the Gordon - Lee Mansion, as seen from the front entrance to the mansion.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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View of the front of the Gordon - Lee Mansion, as seen from the front grounds of the property.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
15. The Gordon - Lee Mansion
A painting of what an artist envisioned the grounds of the Gordon - Lee Mansion looking like when occupied by elements of the Union Army.
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By Dale K. Benington, August 19, 2014
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Close-up of a marker for the Gordon - Lee Mansion showing the hours that it is open for tours and indicating that it is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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By Brandon Fletcher, September 26, 2015
17. The Gordon - Lee Mansion Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 222 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.   17. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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