Near La Fayette in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
A wartime road passed through Catlett’s Gap in Pigeon Mountain. It continued from Cooper’s Gap off of Lookout Mountain on the west to Catlett community in the Chestnut Flats area on the western side of Walker County. This gap was much used in troop movements in the events leading up to the Battle of Chickamauga.
On September 8, 1863 Confederate cavalry fro General William T. Martin’s command started the job of blocking the gaps, using large rocks and cutting down trees across the road. The next day, General Patrick Cleburne’s infantrymen, from General Daniel H. Hill’s Corps, strengthened the positions by digging rifle pits and building breastworks. The infantry remained
At 4:30 a.m. on September 10, General Daniel H. hill received orders from General Braxton Bragg concerning the joint movement of his forces with those of General Thomas Hindman against the Federals a Davis Crossroads. At this late date he realized that the time factor mad the plan impractical and responded with a message to Bragg explaining why he could not comply with the orders. General Cleburne, hill explained, had overexerted himself on the retreat from Tyner, and had been sick in bed. Furthermore, Cleburne’s command was widely scattered. Two thirds of the division was in LaFayette and the other brigade, commanded by General S.A.M. Wood, was picketing Catlett’s Dug, and Blue Bird Gaps. Lastly, it would take hours to clear away the obstructions in Dug Gap placed there earlier by the Confederate cavalrymen. Bragg accepted these excuses, and modified his plan by ordering General Simon Buckner to march his corps to the defense of Hindman.
General Bragg proved unable to coordinate the planned attack on Davis Crossroads, and nothing of substance came from it. Catlett’s Gap was then occupied by Confederate division Major-General John C. Breckinridge. “At
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 45.379′ N, 85° 18.216′ W. Marker is near La Fayette, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Dripping Springs Road and Georgia Route 136 on Dripping Springs Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Fayette GA 30728, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (approx. 2.9 miles away); Fort Cumming (approx. 3 miles Marsh-Warthen House (approx. 3½ miles away); African American Pioneers of the Marsh-Warthen-Clements House (approx. 3½ miles away); To Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 3½ miles away); The Marsh House (approx. 3½ miles away).
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Also see . . . Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail Website. (Submitted on October 2, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
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