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Gaylesville in Cherokee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Chattooga River

 
 
Chattooga River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols, August 4, 2019
1. Chattooga River Marker
Inscription.  The river originates in Lafayette in Walker County, Georgia, flows through Chattooga County, Georgia and then enters Cherokee County before emptying into Weiss Lake. Prior to the construction of the lake, the Chattooga River converged with the Coosa River near Cedar Bluff. During the Civil War, U.S. General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the grist mill here at Gaylesville and the bridge across the river to be burned. Further downstream, the river powered the blast for Cornwall Furnace during the Civil War. The mill at Gaylesville was rebuilt after the war. Even though the mill building is no longer standing, the rock pillars can still be seen on the west bank below the bend in the river and the dam is still noticeable a few inches under the water's surface during low water levels.
 
Erected by Cherokee County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 34° 15.838′ N, 85° 33.659′ W. Marker is in Gaylesville, Alabama, in
Chattooga River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Angela Nichols, August 4, 2019
2. Chattooga River Marker
Cherokee County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverside Lane and Canyon Drive (Alabama Route 35), on the left when traveling west on Riverside Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaylesville AL 35973, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gaylesville (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherokee County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cornwall Furnace Memorial Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Cornwall Furnace (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Cornwall Furnace (approx. 2 miles away); Long Shadows House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Gen. N.B. Forrest Captured Col. A.D. Streight (approx. 2.4 miles away); Indian Village of Costa (approx. 3.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2019, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2019, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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