Rossville in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Xzanders G. McFarland House and McFarland Gap
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
Following their defeat on the battlefield, most of the Federal soldiers had calmed by the time they got through McFarland Gap around 3:00 p.m.,
At approximately 4:00 p.m., Generals Negley, Davis and Sheridan, joined by Lieutant-Colonel Arthur Ducat, aide-de-camp to General Rosencrans, held a meeting at the McFarland house to discuss a plan of action for the rest of the day. Conflicting accounts make it difficult to determine the results of the ensuing "heated discussion." A contemporary account by Alfred L. Hough, a member of Negley's staff, reported that the officers "could come to no agreement for common action." Some of those present wanted to take their men back to the battlefield to reinforce the troops at Horseshoe Ridge under General George H. Thomas. None, however, were able to do so. It was determined to be advisable to proceed to Rossville, to prevent the enemy from obtaining possession of the crossroads. From there General Sheridan would move to the support of General Thomas, via LaFayette road. The column reached Rossville at dark.
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 30.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 57.429′ N, 85° 18.024′ W. Marker is in Rossville, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on McFarland Avenue north of Battlefield Parkway (Georgia Route 2), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This historical marker is located a short distance south of the Tennessee and Georgia state line and an even shorter distance northwest of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Marker is in this post office area: Rossville GA 30741, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Ross Home (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rossville Memorial Fountain (approx. 2 miles away); Rossville High Alumni Veteran's Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Old Federal Road (approx. 2 miles away); Hooker's Column (approx. 2 miles away); Fourth Michigan Cavalry (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Grangerís Reserve Corps (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Osterhaus' Division (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rossville.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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