Trenton in Dade County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Macon Iron Works
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
This facility was in the final stages of construction when the Federal Army of the Cumberland occupied Dade County in September 1863. The presence of slag on the site is evidence that at least some iron had been made there. On September 4, 1863, General George Thomas reported: "Negley's division, still in camp at Brown's Spring. He reports having sent forward a reconnaissance of two regiments to scour the country toward Chattanooga, and secure some captured stores near Macon Iron-works."
The Saturday, September 5th diary entry by Private Bliss Morse, 105th Ohio
When General William T. Sherman brought his Army of the Tennessee to relieve the siege of Chattanooga in November 1863, he sent his brother in law, Hugh Ewing, with a division, to invade Dade County as a distraction. General Ewing carried out his instructions well and on November 20, 1863, reported to Sherman from Trenton, saying: "I am destroying the iron-works, and hope by morning to see them all fall to lawless ruin." The same day, Ewing ordered Captain Cassell, division engineer, to begin the work of destroying the iron works. "You will proceed at once to destroy the machinery and stacks of all iron-works in Lookout Valley, using fire, or powder. Make the work thorough, also destroy all tanneries and machinery of mills attached to the iron-works." He issued similar instructions to General Course who was camped near the
Captions (left to right):
• Ruins of the furnace
• From the map of Col. William E. Merrill, Chief Engineer, Army of the Cumberland
• Iron slag from the furnace site
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: 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° 53.068′ N, 85° 30.094′ W. Marker is in Trenton, Georgia, in Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street (U.S. 11) and Morrison Ridge Road, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton GA 30752, 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. The O'Neal House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trenton (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dade County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Union School (approx. 1˝ miles away); Payne's (Sitton's) Mill (approx. 1.9 miles away); White Oak Gap (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cole Plantation and Academy (approx. 3.2 miles away); Cole Plantation and Bethlehem Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 254 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 28, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.