Ringgold in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Evans House
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
Fannie A. Beers was a young woman from Pensacola, Florida, whose husband was serving in the Confederate Army. Fannie had strong feeling for the Confederacy and early in the war offered her services as a nurse. She went to work in the hospitals at Gainesville, Alabama, where the wounded from the Battle of Shiloh were being treated. This hospital was transferred to Ringgold and she arrived shortly thereafter.
“A room was found for me,” Fannie Beers later wrote, “in a log house, owned by a old lady, Mrs. Evans, whose sons, except the youngest, a mere lad, were in the Confederate Army. It was nearly a quarter of a mile from the court house [that served as the hospital]. The road thither, lying through a piece of piney woods, was almost always blocked by drifted snow or what the Georgians called slush (a mixture of mud and snow). I must confess
Kate Cumming was a woman from Edinburgh, Scotland who also offered her service to the Confederacy as a nurse. On August 31, 1862, she came to Ringgold. “I arrived at Ringgold, Ga., in company with Mrs. May and Mrs. Williams,” she stated. “We came here for the purpose of entering one of the hospitals at this post.”
In her diary entry for September 1, Kate wrote: “We have changed our boarding house and are now stopping with a very nice lady by the name of Evans, who keeps and excellent table; has an abundance of milk, butter, and eggs; and only charges $1 per day.”
On September 8th, Kate Cumming again mentioned the widow Evans in her diary. “We are much pleased with our kind hostess, Mrs. Evans. Some few days ago one of her sons, a Methodist preacher, came to see her. We had a good prayer meeting while he was here.”
Kate worked with the wounded from the Battle of Chickamauga. “We traveled over some of the roughest roads I ever was on,” she stated. “I thought, if this was the road our wounded had to come, they must indeed suffer; and, sure enough, we met what seemed to me hundreds of wagons, with their loads, going to Ringgold. We also saw many
Like several Ringgold citizens, Mrs. Evans left her boarding house to hide in the woods when the Federal army invaded. When she returned after the Battle of Ringgold Gap, she found Ringgold under federal occupation. This situation continued for the rest of the war.
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 34° 55.102′ N, 85° 6.97′ W. Marker is in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Nashville Street (U.S. 41/76) and Guyler Street on Nashville Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The night Ringgold will always remember — April 27, 2011 (approx. ¼ mile away); Flame of Freedom (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Hospitals (approx. 0.4 miles away); Catoosa County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Catoosa County War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Whitman House Actions At Ringgold (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Chickamauga (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
More about this marker. Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail, Army of Tennessee site #19
Also see . . . Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail Website. (Submitted on October 3, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,803 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on October 3, 2013, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2008, by David Tibbs of Resaca, Georgia. 6, 7. submitted on May 4, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 8, 9. submitted on July 28, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.