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Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Demand For Surrender

 
 
Demand For Surrender Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 11, 2008
1. Demand For Surrender Marker
Inscription.
On the morning of October 5, 1864, following a two hour bombardment from Major John D. Myrick´s Confederate artillery on Moore´s he´ll located 1,200 yards to the south, Confederate Major General Samuel G. French sent his adjutant, Major David W. Sanders under a flag of truce with message to the Federal commander and Allatoona:

Commanding Officer
U.S. Forces, Allatoona

Sir, I have the forces under my command in such a position that you are surrounded and, in order to avoid a needless effusion of blood, I call upon you to surrender your forces at once, and unconditionally. Five minutes will be allotted you to decide. Should you accede to this, you will be held in the most honorable manner as a prisoner of war.

Samuel G. French, Major General, CSA


The Federals, under Major General John Corse, chose not to surrender. Waiting fifteen minutes without a response, Sanders called off the truce and an immediate assault was ordered by General French. Cockerell´s (Missouri) and Young´s (Texas) Brigades attacked from the west, and Sears´ (Mississippi ) Brigade attack from the north.

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Honorable Men

Maj. Gen. Samuel G. French, C.S.A
Samuel Gibbs French, born in New Jersey and a graduate of West Point, first served in the Mexican
Demand For Surrender Map image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 11, 2008
2. Demand For Surrender Map
War. The devout adherent of the Confederate cause, he served under General J.E. Johnston in the 1864 Georgia campaign. "Two Wars: The Autobiography and Diary of Gen. Samuel G. French, CSA" tells the story of his extensive military career.

Major General John Corse, U.S.A.
John M. Corse, born in Pennsylvania and raised in Iowa, studied at West Point for two years. He attended law school and became a politician. In official records, General Corse‘s reply to the demand for surrender was a jaunty " we are prepared for the ‘needless effusion of blood´ whenever it is agreeable to you.
 
Erected by Georgia State Parks & Historical Sites.
 
Location. 34° 6.84′ N, 84° 42.898′ W. Marker is in Allatoona, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Allatoona Road SE 0.4 miles from Allatoona Landing Road SE, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 632 Old Allatoona Rd SE, Cartersville GA 30121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wartime Allatoona (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Allatoona Pass (here, next to this marker); The Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Memorial Field
Demand For Surrender Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 11, 2008
3. Demand For Surrender Marker
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(here, next to this marker); Allatoona Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Allatoona (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Allatoona Pass Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Iowa (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Allatoona.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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