Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
4th Minnesota Regimental Headquarters
On this site stood a wood frame "dog-trot" style house that served as the regimental headquarters for the 4th Minnesota Regiment, the permanent Federal garrison at Allatoona under the command of Lieutenant Colonel John E. Tourtellotte.
Here is where Lieutenant Colonel Tourtellotte most likely received two historic dispatches concerning General John Corse's movements. The first of the dispatches, received at 2:00 p.m. October 4, read:
"Sherman is moving in force. Hold out."
Again that same evening, Tourtellotte was encouraged by the words:
"General Sherman says hold fast. We are coming."
Dog-trot style houses were common in the South. Their open central hallway allowed air to flow through the house, often providing a cool breeze even on a hot summer's day. Many early Georgians build dog-trots of log. Later, they covered the logs with clapboard siding.
This photograph of John E. Tourtellotte was most likely made after the Civil War when he served as aide-de-camp to General Sherman from 1871 to 1884. By this time, Tourtellotte had reached the rank of colonel.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 34° 6.937′ N, 84° 42.926′ W. Marker is in Allatoona, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Alltatoona Road SE 0.4 miles north of Allatoona Landing Road SE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 632 Old Allatoona Road SE, 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. Military Service Road (within shouting distance of this marker); The Deep Cut (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Military Service Road (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Allatoona Mountain Range (about 400 feet away); Inside the Star Fort (about 400 feet away); Confederate Withdrawal (about 400 feet away); Assault On The Star Fort (about 400 feet away); Tennessee Wagon Road (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allatoona.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 373 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.