Fort Gaines in Clay County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
In the Confederacy
WAYSIDE HOME - After the Battle of Olustee in N Florida, casualties were brought up the river to Fort Gaines, where all available churches, stores and other buildings became temporary hospitals. Most outstanding of these was “Wayside Home” in the old Masonic Building, on the site of the present one.
UNKNOWN SOLDIERS - Nine unknown Confederate soldiers who died in temporary hospitals here are buried in New Park Cemetery. Their graves are decorated each Memorial Day.
FEDERAL PRISONERS - A number of prisoners, overflow from the prison at Andersonville, were brought to Fort Gaines and kept under guard in the yard of the old County Court House.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 36.364′ N, 85° 3.275′ W. Marker is in Fort Gaines, Georgia, in Clay County. Marker is on Bluff Street 0 miles south of Commerce Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is a short distance off the road near the bluff. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Gaines GA 39851, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Lattice Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The 1836 Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Gaines (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Fort Gaines Female College (about 500 feet away); Old Pioneer Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Chattahoochee River Crossing (approx. 0.3 miles away in Alabama); Fort Gaines Guards (approx. 0.3 miles away); Franklin - First Beachhead into East Alabama (approx. 0.3 miles away in Alabama). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Gaines.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Forts, Castles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.