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Near Rocky Face in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Mill Creek Gap

 
 
Mill Creek Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, March 28, 2004
1. Mill Creek Gap Marker
Inscription.  Otherwise known as Buzzard Roost. This natural gateway through Rock Face Ridge was heavily fortified by Confederate forces at Dalton after their retreat from Missionary Ridge.

February 25, 1864, the Federal 14th A.C., Dept. of the Cumberland, moving by Tunnel Hill, attempted to seize the gap, but were driven back by Stewart’s & Breckinridge’s divs. At the same time, the gap was assailed from Crow Valley, E. of Rocky Face, by Cruft’s & Baird’s divs., which was repulsed by Hindman’s A.C.

These Federal moves were prompted by rumors that Johnston’s command had reinforced Polk, facing Sherman’s forces at Meridian, Miss.
 
Erected 1987 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 155-13.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1781.
 
Location. 34° 48.078′ N, 85° 0.711′ W. Marker is near Rocky Face, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker
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is on Chattanooga Road (U.S. 41), on the left when traveling south. This marker is one of several at the Georgia State Police Headquarters. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2401 Chattanooga Road, Rocky Face GA 30740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flooded Gap (here, next to this marker); Confederate Defense of Mill Creek Gap (here, next to this marker); George Disney's Grave (here, next to this marker); Atlanta Campaign (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Mill Creek Gap (a few steps from this marker); Rocky Face Ridge Phase (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Battle of Mill Creek Gap (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Mill Creek Gap (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Face.
 
More about this marker. This marker is an almost exact duplicate of another Mill Creek marker located on old US 41. That marker was originally erected in 1954. It was moved from its original inaccessible location by the railroad tracks, and it was believed lost. A new marker was ordered and erected in 1987 at a different, more accessible location; both markers now exist.
 
Mill Creek Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, February 21, 2012
2. Mill Creek Gap Marker
Mill Creek Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, February 21, 2012
3. Mill Creek Gap Marker
Mill Creek Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, February 21, 2012
4. Mill Creek Gap Marker
Mill Creek Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, April 16, 2014
5. Mill Creek Gap Marker
In 2014 the Marker was moved slightly to the right, here at the Atlanta Campaign Roadside Pocket Park.
Mill Creek Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon Fletcher, April 16, 2014
6. Mill Creek Gap Marker
Markers location in relation to the Rocky Face Ridge Phase Atlanta Campaign Roadside Park Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,831 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 4, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   5, 6. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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