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Near LaFayette in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Ship's Gap

 
 
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By David Seibert, November 18, 2008
1. Ship's Gap Marker
Inscription.  May 7, 1864. Col. J.W. Sprague's (2nd) brigade, Veatch's (4th) Div., 16th A.C., having camped with the corps on the little Chickamauga (near Catlett 4 mi. N.), pushed forward in a surprise move and seized this gap in Taylor's Ridge at 9p.m.

This enabled Dodge & the 16th A.C. (McPherson's Army of the Tenn. [US]) to march E., unopposed, to Villanow & Snake Creek Gap, May 8.

The 15th Corps (same army) crossed at Gordon Springs Gap, 4miles N.E.. McPherson's move to Snake Creek Gap outflanked the Confederate forces under Gen. J.C. Johnston [CS] at Dalton -- resulting later in the evacuation of that place and the two days of battle at Resaca.
 
Erected 1992 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 146-7.)
 
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.
 
Location. 34° 41.861′ N, 85° 11.216′ W. Marker is near LaFayette, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection
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By David Seibert, November 18, 2008
2. Ship's Gap Marker
of Georgia Route 136 and Old Villanow Road, on the right when traveling east on State Route 136. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Fayette GA 30728, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Armuchee Valley (approx. 1.3 miles away); William Little House (approx. 4 miles away); McPherson’s Army at Snake Creek Gap (approx. 4.1 miles away); Villanow (approx. 4.4 miles away); Geary's Division to Dug Gap (approx. 4.9 miles away); Chattooga Academy (approx. 5.4 miles away); The Marsh House (approx. 5.4 miles away); Chattooga Academy - John B. Gordon Hall (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in LaFayette.
 
Regarding Ship's Gap. There's an obvious spelling error on the arker: The General McPerson mentioned should be (Major General James Birdseye) McPherson.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 27, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 965 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 27, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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