Lee & Gordon's Mills
A Chickamauga Landmark
Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails
On September 8, 1863, Confederate General Braxton Bragg withdrew his army south from Chattanooga. For two nights he made his headquarters near the mill. The Confederate rear was positioned here, with its line extending south to La Fayette. After Confederate headquarters moved to La Fayette on the 10th the Federal 21st Corps, under Major General Thomas L. Crittenden, followed to the mill and vicinity. Active, even heated, skirmishing occurred on the 12th and 13th against Confederate Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk's corps.
In early May 1864 about 24,000 soldiers in Union Major General James B. McPherson's “Army of the Tennessee” began their portion of the Atlanta Campaign by massing at and near the mill. They marched through Snake Creek Gap, southwest of Dalton, forcing
The original mill burned
shortly after the war, and
another was constructed with some modifications on the
same site. It operated until 1967. In 1993 a new owner
began restoring the mill to working order. It contains
artifacts and equipment from the mill's early years.
Erected 2019 by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1864.
Location. 34° 52.989′ N, 85° 16.061′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lee Gordan Mill Terrace and Red Belt Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 71 Red Belt Road, Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee and Gordon's Mill (here, next to this marker); Crittenden's Corps at Lee and Gordon's Mills (within shouting distance of this marker); General Joe Wheeler's Attack (within shouting distance of this marker); Start of the Atlanta Campaign (within shouting distance of this
Regarding Lee & Gordon's Mills. This marker is along the Chickamauga Campaign "historic driving route" portion of the Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.