Near Cartersville in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Inside the Star Fort
Approximately 700 Federals took refuge inside these walls during the Confederate assault. Unable to capture this position, the Confederates surrounded the Star Fort on three sides and poured continuous musket fire over the walls and through the gun embrasure openings. Federal losses mounted alarmingly as sharpshooters found their targets inside the crowded fort. While peeking over the wall at the enemy position, General Corse was wounded by a bullet across his cheek and ear. Following the battle, 192 bullet holes were counted in the American flag that had flown inside the Star Fort.
"... they [Federals] were pent up inside in such numbers that they lay on one another, sat on each other, stood on
"From a distance not exceeding one hundred yards ... they [Confederates] kept the air over the forts and rifle pits literally full of bullets all the time. For a full three hours, no man could expose any part of his body above the forts or rifle-pits for the space of ten seconds without extreme danger of being killed or wounded." Harvey M. Trimble, 93rd Illinois Regiment
Erected by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 6.911′ N, 84° 42.999′ W. Marker is near Cartersville, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Allatoona Road SE, 2 miles east of Interstate 75, on the left when traveling east. The marker can be accessed from a wooden stairway beginning in the railroad cut at Allatoona. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cartersville GA 30121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate Withdrawal (a few steps from this marker); Assault On The Star Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Rowett's Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deep Cut The Foot Bridge (about 300 feet away); Grave of the Unknown Hero (about 300 feet away); 4th Minnesota Regimental Headquarters (about 400 feet away); Military Service Road (about 400 feet away).
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 14, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 711 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on October 14, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 2. submitted on October 15, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. 3. submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 4, 5. submitted on October 15, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.