Pond Spring in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gowan’s (Gower’s) Ford And Widow Glenn’s Grave
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
Early in the morning of September 17th, around 4:00 a.m., a mounted contingent of the 4th Georgia Cavalry Regiment rode over the pickets of General William B. Hazen’s Brigade, posted on the Dry Valley Road near Gower’s Ford. General Hazen, with an aide, was personally at the picket post when the attack occurred. “The attack was so sudden,” he wrote, “that the horsemen were upon us, and some passed us and were captured before they could check their horses. The pickets
The next day, September 18th, brought more prolonged fighting north of Gower’s Ford in the vicinity of Owen’s Ford and Bird’s Mill. Around 9:00 a.m., the Federal pickets along the creek near Owen’s Ford noted the enemy advancing in force on the opposite bank. Shortly thereafter Confederate artillery, probably form A.L. Huggin’s Tennessee Battery, began firing shells into the camps of Colonel Sidney M. Barnes’s Brigade. The shells caused much confusion but no injury in the Federal camps. Barnes had been ordering his men into line of battle when the attack commenced. After completing the maneuver the troops marched 200 yards to the rear, occupying “a commanding position in an open field.” To protect his front and flank from the advancing infantry, Colonel Barnes ordered the 26th Pennsylvania Battery to unlimber on a nearby commanding hill.
The following day troops at the ford were moved further north to take park in the Battle of Chickamauga.
Near the ford there is a small church cemetery established by the Cove Methodist Church. It is sometimes called the Porter Cemetery, Among the wartime individuals buried in this cemetery is the “widow”
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 34° 49.053′ N, 85° 19.657′ W. Marker is in Pond Spring, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Kensington Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Worthen's Gap (approx. 3.8 miles away); Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 3.9 miles away); a different marker also named Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 3.9 miles away); Cavalry Corps. Wheeler's Cavalry Corps (approx. 4.1 miles away); 26th Tennessee Infantry / 1st Georgia Infantry Memorial (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Real Rock of Chickamauga (approx. 4.2 miles away); American Indian Occupation of the Area (approx. 4.2 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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