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The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry

 
 
The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 8, 2009
1. The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker
Inscription. July 5, 1864. During Johnston’s retreat from Smyrna, a portion of his wagon-train detoured from the Atlanta-Marietta rd. via Vining’s Station to a pontoon bridge at Pace’s Ferry.

Wheeler’s Cav. escorted the trains; when all were across, the bridge was cut loose so as to swing down stream to the Fulton Co. side.

Federal gun-fire, preventing its removal, the bridge was cut loose by the Confederates, but instead of floating down to shelter within Johnston’s River Line at Bolton, it lodged on this side where it was seized by troops of Hazen's 4th A. C. brigade, July 8.
 
Erected 1988 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 033-85.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 51.557′ N, 84° 27.339′ W. Marker is in Vinings, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker is at the intersection of West Paces Ferry Road SE and Paces Ferry Drive SE, on the right when traveling west on West Paces Ferry Road SE. Touch for map. The marker is just west of the Chatthoochee River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4199 West Paces Ferry Road SE, Atlanta GA 30339, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, April 14, 2008
2. The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker
The marker pictured with a broken post before its recent (2009) renovation
walking distance of this marker. The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Pace’s Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Pace's Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Pace’s Ferry Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Palmer’s & Hooker’s A.C. Cross the Chattahoochee (approx. ¼ mile away); Union Defense Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site: Hardy Pace’s Res. Howard’s Headquarters (approx. 0.7 miles away); The 4th Corps Posted Along the River (approx. ¾ mile away); The 4th Corps at Vining’s Station (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vinings.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker of the same title and text on this location erected by the Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 8, 2009
3. The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker
The marker and a newly installed "The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Pace's Ferry" marker, in front of a strip shopping mall.
The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 8, 2009
4. The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker
One of two "The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Pace’s Ferry" markers is in the foreground; the old bridge over the Chattahoochee River, now part of a walking trail, is in the trees in the background.
The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, August 8, 2009
5. The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry Marker
Looking west on Paces Ferry Road from the Chattahoochee River bridge; "The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry" marker is in the foreground, with two different "The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Pace’s Ferry" markers further to the west.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,099 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 10, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   4, 5. submitted on March 18, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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