Near Chickamauga in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clarissa Hunt Plantation
and Confederate Courier's Grave
— Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail —
When the Confederate Army of Tennessee withdrew from Chattanooga on September 6, 1863, most of the men marched through this area on the LaFayette Road. General Braxton Bragg also made his headquarters in the area. Since most of his dispatches are headed "Snow Hill," It can be assumed that he occupied Clarissa Hunt's
On September 18, 1863, Confederate forces under General Leonidas Polk advanced up the road toward the Federal position at Lee and Gordon's Mills. Throughout the afternoon an artillery duel developed. Most of the Confederate soldiers lay flat on the ground during this action. Because of the undulating nature of the terrain on the eastern side of West Chickamauga Creek, the Federal artillery shells did little damage to the Confederates. Many of the Federal shells, one Confederate officer observed, passed over the heads of the prone infantrymen and burst in the rear. One ball, however, did strike the rear of Clarissa Hunt's house, piercing the wall, going through an inner wall, and through another door before fragmenting.
In order to maintain communication, General Leonidas Polk had established a courier line. One of the Confederate couriers was killed by a piece of shell on the Henderson plantation. "He was eating a piece of cornbread," J. Frank Henderson later wrote, "when a cannonball struck him in the breast." Although they did not know his name, members of the Henderson family buried him beside the road and later marked the grave.
At least two other Confederate soldiers were buried on the Hunt farm. "We [had] taken one young man out of Mrs. Hunt's cellar," W.H. Henderson stated in a letter to his sister.
Erected by Jewell Foundation.
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° 52.241′ N, 85° 15.518′ W. Marker is near Chickamauga, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on Tom Hunt Road (County Route 145) north of Lafayette Highway (U.S. 27), on the left when traveling north. This marker is located east of LaFayette, on the west side a rural country road, just a few feet south of the driveway that leads up to the "Hunt House" at the top of the nearby hill. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 638 Tom Hunt Road, Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Henderson Plantation (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lee & Gordon's Mills (approx. one mile away); Crittenden's Corps at Lee and Gordon's MillsLee and Gordon's Mill (approx. one mile away); General Joe Wheeler's Attack (approx. one mile away); Start of the Atlanta Campaign (approx. one mile away); Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Medal of Honor Heritage Trail (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chickamauga.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 30, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 819 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on May 1, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.