Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Start of the Atlanta Campaign
Historic Chickamauga Georgia
There was a continuing Federal presence at the mills. As General William T. Sherman made plans for the Atlanta Campaign in the spring of 1864, General James B. McPherson, commanding the Federal Army of the Tennessee, was assigned to Lee and Gordon's Mills. Sherman intended for McPherson to flank the Confederates at Dalton by going south through Snake Creek Gap to Resaca.
General Sherman later made this report: "Having made my orders at Nashville for the concentration of the Armies of the Cumberland, Ohio, and Tennessee at and near Chattanooga by May 5, according to the programme of Lieutenant-General Grant, I repaired to Chattanooga
"The enemy lay at Dalton, holding the Buzzard Roost Pass, the line of Mill Creek to the north, and his line of railway back toward Atlanta. My purpose was that General McPherson should reach the railway at Resaca, destroy it to Johnston's rear, and then take up a strong defensive position near the mouth of the gap, and to operate on the flank of the enemy as he retreated. General McPherson reached Resaca with little difficulty but did not break the road. As soon as I learned this I... moved the whole army to Resaca. From the Rocky Face Ridge the enemy had a full view of our movement and a shorter and better line to reach Resaca, so that when on the 13th May I reached Resaca the enemy had evacuated Dalton and occupied Resaca in force. I did not hesitate to attack...
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 53.007′ N, 85° 16.035′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Red Belt Road south of Lee-Gordon Mill Circle. Touch for map. This historical marker is located on the grounds of the historic Lee-Gordon Mill, on the northern edge of the visitor's parking lot, along with two other panel, historical markers. Marker is in this post office area: Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Joe Wheeler's Attack (here, next to this marker); Crittenden's corps at Lee and Gordon's Mills (here, next to this marker); Lee and Gordon's Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); 3rd Confederate Georgia Cavalry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood's Division (about 300 feet away); 3rd Georgia Cavalry Crittenden's Headquarters Shell Monument (about 300 feet away); Lytle's Brigade (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chickamauga.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 13, 2014, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.