Summerville in Chattooga County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
In late August 1863, the Federal Army of the Cumberland began moving toward Georgia. On the extreme right of the Federal lines, the XX Army Corps, commanded by Major General Alexander M. McCook began advancing across Lookout Mountain with Alpine, Summerville, and Rome, Georgia as the objective line of march.
Federal cavalry regiments commanded by Major General David Stanley reconnoitering far in front of the main body of the XX Army Corps, arrived in Summerville, from Alpine on September 6, 1863 and skirmished with Confederate cavalry near this site.
September 7, 1863--Federal cavalry return to Summerville and skirmish again with Confederate cavalry.
September 8, 1863--Confederate General Wheeler arrives in Summerville
HEADQUARTERS - CALVARY CORPS
No. 70 Summerville, GA
September 8, 1863
I. General Wharton will detail 300 of his best officers and men, armed with long-range guns, to join General Forrest in a reconnaissance of the enemy's position.
II. This detail will report to General Forrest at Alpine at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning and will,
III. They will carry two day's rations a feed or corn in their forage sacks and will be provided with 80 rounds of ammunition per man.
IV. General Wharton will select a good colonel to command the detail.
V.The commanding officer at Alpine will be instructed to direct an officer with a company to follow this detail and establish a line of couriers from Alpine, the stand not be more than 4 miles apart.
By order of Major General Joseph Wheeler
Major and Assistant Adjutant General
September 8, 1863 - - 8:00 a.m.
Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest reports to General Wheeler that he is at Gower's (Gore's Gap on Taylor's Ridge) with a cavalry brigade and six pieces of artillery; and that he is expecting another brigade by 12 o'clock noon.
September 10, 1863--Skirmish in Summerville. Federals take possession of the town.
September 13, 1863--Skirmish near Summerville.
September 15, 1863--Skirmish in Summerville.
September 19-20 1863--The Battle of Chickamauga.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US CivilChickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1863.
Location. 34° 28.751′ N, 85° 20.774′ W. Marker is in Summerville, Georgia, in Chattooga County. Marker is on University Street south of East Washington Street, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located in Dowdy Park near the Couey House and the railroad turntable. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 107 University Street, Summerville GA 30747, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Couey House (a few steps from this marker); Boyles Yard Turntable Named Summerville Railroad Turntable (within shouting distance of this marker); Chattooga County (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trion Factory (approx. 4.4 miles away); First Cotton Mill In Northwest Georgia (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named Trion Factory (approx. 5.3 miles away); Valley Store, Broomtown Rd. (approx. 7.2 miles away); Last Indian Agent (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Summerville.
Also see . . .
1. Alexander M. McCook. American Battlefield Trust biography (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
2. David Sloane Stanley (June 1, 1828 – March 13, 1902). Ohio Civil (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
3. Joseph Wheeler. Encyclopedia of Alabama website entry (Submitted on May 10, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
4. Gabriel Colvin Wharton (July 23, 1824 – May 12, 1906). Wikipedia entry (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
5. Nathan Bedford Forrest. New World Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
6. Summerville, Georgia. City website homepage (Submitted on June 7, 2019, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
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