Near Fort Oglethorpe in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
This former slave served the
National Military Park
for 28 years
During the early 1900s a two-room log cabin stood not far from here. This was the home of Mark Thrash, known locally as "Uncle Mark." The cabin no longer exists.
Uncle Mark was born a slave on Christmas day in 1820 near Charlottesville, Virginia. His owner, Dr. Christopher Thrash, brought Mark to Georgia to help clear land.
Mark began working for the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 1894 and was a dedicated laborer and interpreter until his retirement in 1922 at the age of 101. Park visitors enjoyed Uncle Mark's recollections of historical events which went as far back as the presidency of John Quincy Adams.
Married five times during his long life, Uncle Mark was the father of 29 children. He died here on December 17, 1943, at the age of 123.
Erected by the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Location. 34° 55.036′ N, 85° 16.129′ W. Marker is near Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Dyer Road east of Chickamauga-Vittatoe Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Longstreet's Headquarters Shell Monument (a few steps from this marker); Hospital, 1st Division, 14th Corps Union Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery M, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rout of the Union Right (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery G, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battery G, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (approx. 0.2 miles away); 88th Indiana Infantry (approx. ¼ mile away); John B. Hood (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Oglethorpe.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 16, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 130 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 16, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 6. submitted on August 17, 2017, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.