Rock Spring in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
During the years before the war a large farming community grew up in the area around and between the Rock Spring and Peavine Churches. Both of these churches served as prominent landmarks in the region. During the Chickamauga Campaign, Confederate forces occupied and camped throughout this area, and at one time Federal forces occupied the grounds of the Peavine Church.
During the days that led up to the Battle of Chickamauga, Confederate Corps Commander Leonidas Polk was camped with his command in the Rock Spring area. At 2 p.m. on September 13, General H.T. B. Walker was ordered to swing his entire division from right to left, in order to strike against enemy forces that were said to be a Peavine Church
The Confederate forces returned to the area a few days later, and Leet’s Mill and Tanyard, located a short distance east of the church, became a major staging area for the coming battle. “Left LaFayette at 4 P.M.,” R. J. Jones, 1st Confederate Infantry, noted in his diary on September 17, “& arrived at Patton’s St[o]re at 10 o’clock at night. Formed line of battle through Patton’s fields and remained there all night.” Leet’s Tanyard, a short distance east of the Peavine Church, served as Confederate Commander Braxton Bragg’s headquarters just prior to the battle of Chickamauga. It was there that he met with his generals and planned the upcoming battle.
Although Bragg left the Leet’s Mill and Tanyard area on the morning of September 18, there was still a Confederate military presence in the vicinity of Peavine Church both during and after the Battle of Chickamauga. Some of the Confederate wounded
The Peavine Church cemetery is significant because of the fact that it is known to contain the graves of a number of prominent wartime civilians. For example, Arthur Leet, the proprietor of Leet’s Mill and Tanyard is buried at the Peavine Church cemetery. It is also probable that several Confederate veterans including men who died from wounds received in the battle are also buried there.
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1857.
Location. 34° 50.778′ N, 85° 13.285′ W. Marker is in Rock Spring, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Peavine Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Spring GA 30739, 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. The Napier House (approx. 2 miles away); Anderson Campsite (approx. 2 miles away); Old Tavern Road (approx. 2.1 miles away); Rock Springs Church Henderson Plantation (approx. 2.4 miles away); Clarissa Hunt Plantation (approx. 2.7 miles away); Worthen's Gap (approx. 3 miles away); Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Spring.
More about this marker. Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail, Army of Tennessee site #10 The marker is at the entrance to the cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Peavine Baptist Church Website. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. The Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
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