Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Demand For Surrender
U.S. Forces, Allatoona
Sir, I have the forces under my command in such a position that you are surrounded and, in order to avoid a needless effusion of blood, I call upon you to surrender your forces at once, and unconditionally. Five minutes will be allotted you to decide. Should you accede to this, you will be treated in the most honorable manner as a prisoner of war.
Samuel G. French, Major General, CSA
The Federals, under Major General John Corse, chose not to surrender. Waiting fifteen minutes without a response, Sanders called off the truce and an immediate assault was ordered by General French. Cockerell's (Missouri) and Young's (Texas) Brigades attacked from the west, and Sears' (Mississippi) Brigade attack from the north.
Maj. Gen. Samuel G. French, C.S.A
Samuel Gibbs French, born in New Jersey and a graduate of West Point, first served in the Mexican War. A devout adherent of the Confederate cause, he served under General J.E. Johnston in the 1864 Georgia campaign. "Two Wars: The Autobiography and Diary of Gen. Samuel G. French, CSA" tells the story of his extensive military career.
Major David W. Sanders, C.S.A.
Assistant Adjutant General
Major General John Corse, U.S.A.
John M. Corse, born in Pennsylvania and raised in Iowa, studied at West Point for two years. He attended law school and became a politician. In official records, General Corse's reply to the demand for surrender was a jaunty "we are prepared for the 'needless effusion of blood' whenever it is agreeable to you."
Erected by Georgia State Parks & Historical Sites.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is October 5, 1864.
Location. 34° 6.84′ N, 84° 42.898′ W. Marker is in Allatoona, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Allatoona Road SE, 0.4 miles Allatoona Landing Road SE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 632 Old Allatoona Rd SE, Cartersville GA 30121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking The Battle of Allatoona Pass (here, next to this marker); The Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Memorial Field (here, next to this marker); Wartime Allatoona (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Allatoona Pass Battlefield (a few steps from this marker); Battle of Allatoona (within shouting distance of this marker); Allatoona Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Tennessee Wagon Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allatoona.
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