Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Thomas' Night March
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
"By that night it became perfectly clear to all," Charles Dana wrote, "that Bragg's plan was to push by our left into Chattanooga. This compelled another rapid movement by the left down the Chickamauga. By a tiresome night march Thomas moved down past Crittenden and below Lee and Gordon's Mills, taking position in the vicinity of a little house, known as the Widow Glenn's, and below, covering the Rossville road, and now forming the left of the Union army ... These movements were hurriedly made, and the troops, especially those of Thomas, were very much exhausted by their efforts to get
Thomas encountered considerable difficulty on the move. The roads were in bad shape and also congested. In some areas, units from other commands refused to move. It was 10:30 p.m. by the time Thomas reached Crawfish Spring. He moved Negley's division off the road at that point and instructed them to camp around the spring. He knew that it would take most of the night to march his men to the right of the army. It was obvious that the men would be in poor shape for combat in the morning after such a march. Nevertheless, he determined to make the best of the situation. He sent advance parties north along the Dry Valley road. They set fire to the rail fences on either side of the road to light and mark the way. Smoke from the fires mixed with the rising dust to sting the eyes and burn the throats of the marching soldiers. The column moved slowly, with frequent stops and starts. Whenever the men to the front would halt, those behind would drop to the dust, or rest in place, asleep on their feet. All night long it went on stopping and starting, stopping and starting all night to cover five miles. Dawn was approaching when they halted in the fields east of the Widow Glenn's farm.
"The head of the column [of the 14th Army Corps] reached Kelly's farm about daylight on the 19th, Baird's division in front," General George H. Thomas later wrote, "and took
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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° 52.972′ N, 85° 17.038′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on 5 Points Road east of Osburn Road, on the right when traveling west. The marker is located on the north side of the road, just east of where the roadway crosses a line of railroad tracks. Directly across the street, to the south, are the grounds for the nearby Chickamauga City Hall building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas' Corps (a few steps from this marker); Crittenden Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Hood Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Boynton Avenue (approx. 0.8 Longstreet Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Thomas Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Lee Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away); Bragg Avenue (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chickamauga.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 1, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.