Davis' Cross Roads
A Squandered Opportunity
— Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails —
On Thursday, September 10th, General Negley's division moved east across McLemore's Cove until encountering skirmishers from General Cleburne's division near Dug Gap. Negley made his headquarters at Davis' Cross Roads in the
Had General Hindman attacked as ordered on the 10th, or early on the 11th, there might have been a great Confederate success. But Hindman repeatedly delayed, convinced he was outnumbered or that he himself would be flanked. In reality, with the two supporting divisions Hindman had three times Negley's number. By 8:00 am on the 11th, Union Brigadier General Absalom Baird's 4,600-man division arrived to reinforce Negley. Baird reported, "We were [soon] informed that firing had commenced in the front and we at once rode to the spot. About half a mile ſeast of] the Widow Davis House...our line of infantry and artillery was formed." Nearer the firing line, Surgeon Roswell G. Bogue of the 19th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, stated, “[A] severe skirmish or small battle ensued[, d]uring which nine men were killed and twenty-two wounded.” After the Federal line withdrew, Bogue continued, “the wounded were moved back first to a point called Bailey's Cross Roads, then to the foot of the mountain to Steven's [Gap]."
Timid generalship squandered an opportunity
for the Confederates to severely damage the
Federal army. General Rosecrans subsequently
decided to consolidate his divided army. General
Bragg would try again to strike the Federal army
before it united at Chickamauga, but he had
perhaps lost his best chance.
Erected 2019 by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1863.
Location. 34° 45.34′ N, 85° 22.067′ W. Marker is in Davis Crossroads, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Route 193 and Georgia Route 341, on the right when
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Martin Davis House and Farm (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stephens Gap (approx. 3.3 miles away); Catlett’s Gap (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gowan’s (Gower’s) Ford And Widow Glenn’s Grave (approx. 4.9 miles away); Cooper's Gap (approx. 5 miles away).
Regarding Davis' Cross Roads. Also known as the Battle of Dug Gap.
This marker is along the Chickamauga Campaign "historic driving route" portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 22, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.