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Gaylesville in Cherokee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Colonel Charles Rattray

Colonel Charles Rattray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bryce Gazaway
1. Colonel Charles Rattray Marker
Inscription.  Col. Charles Rattray served in the 57th Ill. Infantry. He served in Sherman's command at Gaylesville in October 1864. He fell in love with Theodora McWhorter and promised to return and marry her when the war ended. He was a man of his word. His accomplishments were numerous, he managed Cornwall Furnace and commissary, built Cedar Bluff School, constructed a covered bridge over the Chattooga River, constructed a bridge over Yellow Creek, completed a bridge across Little River, served at Notary and Justice of the Peace at Cedar Bluff, elected as Alabama State representative, passed a bill to establish a high school in every county in Alabama, and passed a bill to erect a monument honoring Confederate soldiers.
Erected 2022 by Historical Preservation Society of Cherokee County Alabama.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 34° 22.277′ N, 85° 30.843′ W. Marker is in Gaylesville, Alabama, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from
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County Road 41 near County Road 99. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaylesville AL 35973, 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. Barry Springs Indian Stockade (approx. 4 miles away); Arthur "Tarzan" White (approx. 4.1 miles away); Chattooga (approx. 5.2 miles away); W.P. Brown & Sons Lumber Company (approx. 5˝ miles away); Alpine, Georgia (approx. 6 miles away in Georgia); Last Indian Agent (approx. 6˝ miles away in Georgia); Trail of Tears – 1838 (approx. 6.6 miles away); Indians, Settlers, and Tourists (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaylesville.
More about this marker. Located near Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Colonel Charles Rattray Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John Awbrey
2. Colonel Charles Rattray Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2024. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2022, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. This page has been viewed 558 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 17, 2022, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama.   2. submitted on March 25, 2024, by Angela Nichols of Centre, Alabama. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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May. 23, 2024