Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Contributions of Enslaved African to the Area
Historic Chickamauga Georgia
When the war came to the local area, Robert J. Lynn was on sick leave from the army and his wife was convalescing with a newborn baby. As the fighting approach, a slave called “Uncle” Dick told Robert to carry the baby, and he wrapped Susan in a quilt and carried
A family named Broyles had a young enslaved African child, who they had found abandoned as a baby. Her name was Hagar, and she was seven years old when the war ended. As a young woman, she worked as a maid for the Lee family for a few years, but felt that the wide world beyond the Georgia Mountains had more to offer. She went to the gold fields in Colorado. There she became wealthy with a laundry and later a restaurant. Although a rich woman, she never forgot her childhood and made frequent visits back to the local area to spend time with friends.
Mark Thrash was an enslaved African who helped bury the dead after the battle of Chickamauga. He became a full-time park employee in 1894, and proved to be the ultimate in a living history exhibit. After twenty-eight years of service, Mark retired with a federal pension in 1922, but he continued to live on the park. When he died at the age of 123 in 1943 he had been recognized as the oldest man in the world, and he was buried south of Chickamauga in the District Hills Cemetery.
Rude Suttle, from the Suttle plantation, was a member of Company F in the 1st Georgia Calvary
Philemon Bird, a wealthy millwright who built Bird's Mill and Glass Mill, took as his first wife a free Negro woman who was part Cherokee named Willow. After she died he developed a second Mill in Tennessee where he found an attractive enslaved African girl named Mary who he bought and married as his second wife. Their sons inherited the Tennessee Mill.
Erected by Historic Chickamauga.
Location. 34° 52.293′ N, 85° 17.689′ 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, at the back end a driveway that goes back into the property, at the northeast corner of the 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. The Gordon - Lee Mansion (a few steps from this marker); Clark Lee: Chickamauga's Black Confederate Soldier 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 600 feet away); Wheeler's Cavalry Corps (about 600 feet away); The Real Rock of Chickamauga (about 600 feet away); Georgia 3d Confederate Cavalry (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chickamauga.
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