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The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia

 
 
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
1. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
Inscription. North of here on Madden Branch in Polk County, Tennessee, on November 29, 1864, during the American Civil War, six Georgians trying to enlist in the U.S. Army—Thomas Bell, Harvey Brewster, James T. Hughes, James B. Nelson, Elijah Robinson, Peter Parris, and Wyatt J. Parton—were executed by the notorious Confederate guerilla John P. Gatewood, “the long-haired, red-bearded beast from Georgia.” The Madden Branch Massacre was one of several atrocities that occurred as the mountain counties divided into pro and anti-Confederate factions. Many Georgians resented the Confederacy's strong central government measures such as conscription, impressment, and taxation and resisted by enlisting in the 5th Tennessee Mounted Infantry (U.S.) and the 1st Georgia State Troops Volunteers (U.S.) or forming their own guerilla units.
 
Erected 2011 by Georgia Historical Society and the Georgia Department of Economic Development for the Civil War 150 Commemoration. (Marker Number 55-1.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 59.25′ N, 84° 22.233′ W. Marker is in McCaysville, Georgia, in Fannin County. Marker is on
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
2. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
Looking south across the Toccoa River bridge
Blue Ridge Drive (Georgia Route 5) 0 miles south of Toccoa Street (Georgia Route 60), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. The marker is on Blue Ridge Drive just north of the Toccoa River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 Blue Ridge Drive, Mc Caysville GA 30555, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Discovery of Copper (approx. 3 miles away in Tennessee); Hiwassee Mine (approx. 3.2 miles away in Tennessee); Blue Ridge Park (approx. 8.9 miles away); William Clayton Fain: Georgia Unionist (approx. 8.9 miles away); Fannin County (approx. 8.9 miles away); PFC. Jack Clem Robinson (approx. 8.9 miles away); Georgia / North Carolina (approx. 11 miles away in North Carolina).
 
More about this marker. The marker states that six Georgians were killed at Madden Branch, but lists seven names.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
3. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
The marker before it was dedicated on September 28, 2011.
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
4. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
The marker before it was dedicated on September 28, 2011.
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
5. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
Dr. Todd Groce, President/CEO of the Georgia Historical Society and the author of Mountain Rebels: East Tennessee Confederates and the Civil War, 1860-1870, giving the keynote address at the dedication.
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
6. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
The marker unveiled.
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
7. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
The marker unveiled
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By David Seibert, September 28, 2011
8. The Madden Branch Massacre: Anti-Confederate activity in North Georgia Marker
Fannin County Government and historical officials participated in unveiling the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,819 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 30, 2011, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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