Tunnel Hill in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clisby Austin House
400 yds. S.E., at the big spring, is the brick residence known as the Austin House.
May 7, 1864 The Federal forces, having seized Tunnel Hill their first movement in the campaign for Atlanta Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman had headquarters at the Austin House until May 12. While here, Sherman learned that McPherson's forces had failed to cut the R.R. at Resaca, after seizing Snake Creek Gap May 9, where upon the attempts at Rocky Face, Crow Valley and Mill Creek Gap, were dropped and all federal units but the 4th A.C., Stoneman's and McCook's cav., were shifted May 12, to the Resaca front via Villanow and Snake Creek Gap.
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 155-25.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 7, 1864.
Location. 34° 50.391′ N, 85° 2.517′ W. Marker is in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Clisby Austin Drive east of Oak Street, on the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 Clisby Austin Drive, Tunnel Hill GA 30755, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel (here, next to this marker); Tunnel Hill (here, next to this marker); Baggage Carts (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Tunnel Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); Tunnel Hill W&A Railroad Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Excavation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crow Valley (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mill Creek Gap (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tunnel Hill.
Regarding Clisby Austin House. As the battle of Chickamauga 1863, was being fought, the Clisby Austin House was used as a confederate hospital. Many wounded were cared for here including Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood. He was injured during the battle and had to have one of his legs amputated, he and his leg were sent to the Clisby Austin House so, if in the event of his death, they could be buried together. Hood survived his wounds and his leg was buried in the family cemetery near the house, (another story says his leg was buried up on the hillside in the woods). Gen. Hood was then sent to the William Little House in Suttles Mill, Georgia where he made a full
Also see . . . Tunnel Hill Heritage Center - Our Story. Heritage Center website entry:
The Clisby Austin House, and the historic W&A Railroad Tunnel are all located on the same grounds. Visit The Heritage Center for more information. (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,346 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 11, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 4, 5. submitted on October 11, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.