Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove
The Confederate Plan an Attack, September 9 – 10, 1863
McLemore Cove is a sheltered valley located between the long finger of Lookout Mountain and the thumb-like spur of Pigeon Mountain. On September 9, the advance elements of the Federal 14th Corps, under the command of Major General James S. Negley, moved through the Cove toward Dug Gap in Pigeon Mountain directly in front of you. As they moved deeper into the Cove, Negley's forces risked being cut off from the rest of the 14th Corps, still on the western side of Lookout Mountain.
Confederate General Braxton Bragg acted quickly. He assigned Lieutenant General Daniel H. Hill and Major General Thomas C. Hindman to assault Negley's isolated force. Bragg ordered Hill to attack westward from Dug Gap while Hindman attacked south from his position at Lee and Gordon's Mill along the Chickamauga Creek. Bragg intended to corner Negley's division in the natural cul-de-sac of McLemore Cove and destroy it. Since Hill and Hindman's forces outnumbered Negley's by three to one, Confederate prospects for success seemed excellent.
Erected by Civil War Preservation Trust.
Topics. This historical marker is War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is September 9, 1863.
Location. 34° 45.149′ N, 85° 21.257′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Georgia Route 193 0.8 miles east of Cove Road (Georgia Route 341), on the right when traveling east. Located at Civil War Wayside off of 193. 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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Skirmish at McLemore’s Cove (here, next to this marker); Davis' Cross Roads (approx. 0.8 miles away); Martin Davis House and Farm (approx. 0.8 miles away); Catlett’s Gap (approx. 2.9 miles away); Bailey's Crossroads (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stephens Gap (approx. 4 miles away); Fort Cumming (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chickamauga.
Also see . . . Maneuvers at McLemore's Cove. Civil War Trust (Submitted on September 16, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.