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Ringgold in Catoosa County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Atlanta Campaign

 
 
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2014
1. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
Inscription.
May 7 - September 2, 1864
Ringgold Gap

Here a Federal advance position
was maintained
during the winter 1863-1864
with the main force
concentrated at Chattanooga.
Sherman moved south
through this Gap, May 7, 1864
to begin the Atlanta Campaign.
He captured Atlanta
four months later, September 2,
and reached the coast
at Savannah, December 21.
This movement split
the Confederacy in two,
destroyed military resources,
centers of supply,
and hastened
the end of the war.

 
Location. 34° 54.572′ N, 85° 6.174′ W. Marker is in Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County. Marker is on U.S. 41 east of Crabtree Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is in a small roadside park that contains a pavilion erected by the WPA in the 1930s. Marker is in this post office area: Ringgold GA 30736, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Atlanta Campaign (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Ringgold Gap (a few steps from this marker); Confederate General Patrick Cleburne's Emancipation Proposal
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2014
2. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
A close-up view of the map displayed on the historical marker.
(a few steps from this marker); Ringgold Gap (a few steps from this marker); Ireland's New York Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Ringgold (about 600 feet away); Western & Atlantic Depot (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringgold.
 
More about this marker. The historical marker itself is affixed to the surface, of the back wall, of the WPA pavilion, and contains a bronze map showing the Atlanta Campaign, from the Ringgold Gap to Atlanta. The WPA pavilion is situated in the Ringgold Gap, which is a gap in a mountain ridge where the Confederate Army of the Tennessee positioned itself to take advantage of the local topography, in an attempt to slow down the Union Army, in order to gain more time for the retreating Confederate Army, after the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2014
3. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
View of the historical marker seen affixed to the top of the back wall of the Ringgold Gap WPA pavilion.
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2014
4. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
View of the historical marker looking east.
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, August 6, 2014
5. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
View of the historical marker looking west.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 340 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.
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