Chickamauga in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Clark Lee: Chickamauga's Black Confederate Soldier
The Gordon-Lee Mansion
At the start of the Civil War the first local Confederate unit was organized above Crawfish Spring. James Clark Gordon, the son of James Gordon, was elected Captain of the company that later became the 2nd Company D, 1st Confederate Infantry Regiment. Major James Clark Gordon was in command when the unit came back for the Battle of Chickamauga. Clark Lee joined the regiment for the rest of the war. Clark Lee fought at Chickamauga, September 19, 20, 1863; at Missionary Ridge November 23-25, 1863; the Atlanta Campaign May September 1864; Peachtree Creek July 20, 1864; Atlanta July 22, 1864; Jonesborough August 31 September 1, 1864; Franklin November 30, 1864; Nashville December 15-16, 1864; Bentonville,
Before the 1890's, Gordon Lee, son of Clark's former owner, James Lee, took a position as secretary for the Chattanooga & Lookout Mountain Railway Company and also helped some of the former slaves to find work in the city of Chattanooga. Clark Lee had a successful career in the iron industry, working at the Chattanooga Roofing and Foundry Company and the U.S. Cast Iron Pipe & and Foundry Company that produced some items used in the construction of the Panama Canal. Clark Lee, in 1889, purchased an entire lot, Lot 60, in Section 5 of the prestigious Forest Hills Cemetery. He buried his mother, a brother and sister and other relatives in this lot.
Clark lived more than 40 years in Chattanooga. In his old age he applied for, and received, a well-deserved Confederate Military Pension from the State of Tennessee (Pension No. 107), enabling him to spend his final years in retirement. Clark had a full life, being a soldier in one of the bloodiest wars the world has ever seen, and then skilled iron worker in a most demanding industrial environment. He died on January 14, 1928, and a few days
Erected by the Georgia Civil War Commission.
Location. 34° 52.285′ N, 85° 17.681′ W. Marker is in Chickamauga, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Cove Road (Georgia Route 341) south of Gordon Street. Touch for map. This marker is located on the grounds of Gordon Lee Mansion Park, along a driveway that goes back into the property, somewhat before you come to what use to be a slave cabin. Marker is at or near this postal address: 217 Cove Road, Chickamauga GA 30707, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gordon - Lee Mansion (here, next to this marker); Contributions of Enslaved African to the Area (a few steps from this marker); American Indian Occupation of the Area (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 26th Tennessee Infantry / 1st Georgia Infantry Memorial (about 500 feet away); Field Headquarters Army of the Cumberland (about 500 feet away); Hospitals, Right Wing, Union Army. (about 500 feet away); Wheeler's Cavalry Corps (about 500 feet away); The Real Rock of Chickamauga (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chickamauga.
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