Near Rising Fawn in Dade County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
The 1860 Federal census shows James Cureton as being 34 years old, living with his wife Nancy, age 30, a son John, age 11; a son George, age 9; another son William, age 5; and a daughter Mary, age 1. He owned three enslaved Africans and maintained one Negro house. At the start of the war James Cureton served as a sergeant in the 10th regiment of Georgia State Troops until
“With the repairs we have put upon the road,” General Negley, informed General Thomas on September 6, 1863 from Cureton's, “it is excellent to this point. The creek water is sufficiently good for cooking purposes. A safe and convenient camping ground with a field of matured corn nearby, a very suitable place for your headquarters, temporarily. At Cureton's there is an excellent spring; creek close by and good camping grounds. General Sheridan is here personally, and proposed to encamp his division here.”
At 11:30 a.m. on September 6, 1863 a member of Sheridan's command wrote: "We halted at a farm house which betokened a wealthy owner [James Cureton], as far as appearances went. We rested one-half hour in a beautiful grove, then took the rocky and dusty road, and moved slowly on. The heat was oppressive in the valley. Many of the men had to drop out; and at one p.m. the number of men present with the regiment at the head of the marching column did not much exceed one hundred. At 2:30 p.m. we bivouacked six miles
Cureton remained with the Confederate Army until he was disabled by a leg wound during the battle of Atlanta. After the war, Cureton continued his milling operations and expanded his farming activities. He served several terms in the Georgia Legislature, both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
Captions (left to right):
• Site of Cureton's water-powered mills
• From the map of Col. William E. Merrill, Chief Engineer, Army of the Cumberland
• Carded wool bedspreads produced by Cureton's mill
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1863.
Location. 34° 47.958′ N, 85° 32.608′ W. Marker is near Rising Fawn, Georgia, in Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Cureton Mill Road (County Route 171), on the left when traveling south on U.S. 11. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rising Fawn GA 30738, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Nisbet Plantation (approx. 4˝ miles away); Payne's (Sitton's) Mill (approx. 4.7 miles away); Union School (approx. 4.9 miles away); Dade County (approx. 5.4 miles away); Trenton (approx. 5.4 miles away); White Oak Gap (approx. 5.4 miles away); Macon Iron Works (approx. 6.4 miles away); The De Soto Trail (approx. 6.4 miles away in Alabama).
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 236 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.