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Fort Gillem in Clayton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Flankers Road

 
 
Flankers Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
1. Flankers Road Marker
Inscription.  Commemorating action of General Iverson’s cavalrymen of Wheeler’s Corps in this vicinity who attempted to protect the railhead of Macon & Western Railroad for retreating Confederate troops after the fall of Atlanta.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 031-AGD-6.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesRoads & VehiclesWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list.
 
Location. 33° 36.983′ N, 84° 20.225′ W. Marker is in Fort Gillem, Georgia, in Clayton County. Marker is at the intersection of Flankers Road and Hood Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Flankers Road. The marker stands just inside the Flankers Road Gate to Fort Gillem. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Forest Park GA 30297, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Gillem (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hood Avenue (approx. 0.6 miles away); Iverson Gate
Flankers Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
2. Flankers Road Marker
(approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Hood Avenue (approx. 1½ miles away); Wheeler Drive (approx. 1½ miles away); McIntosh Gate (approx. 1½ miles away); Hardee Hall (approx. 1½ miles away); Morrow, Georgia (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Gillem.
 
More about this marker. The marker stands on the former Fort Gillem, now owned by the City of Forest Park. The city is just beginning to redevelop the property, and most of the existing buildings will be torn down. The Executive Director of the city’s Local Redevelopment Authority intends to preserve all the historical markers on the site.

Fort Gillem was designated the Atlanta General Depot at the time the markers were erected, explaining the Georgia Historical Marker numbering. It was renamed the Atlanta Army Depot in 1962, and Fort Gillem in 1973.
 
Flankers Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
3. Flankers Road Marker
A section of the current Flankers Road Gate is to the right.
Flankers Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
4. Flankers Road Marker
Looking east on Flankers Road to where it joins Hood Avenue (at the stop sign).
Flankers Road Security Gate image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, September 6, 2012
5. Flankers Road Security Gate
This building was used as an office for contract guards who checked trucks in and out at the Flankers Road Gate at Fort Gillem. It is no longer in use.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 6, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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