Rock Springs in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Rock Springs Church
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
During the Chickamauga Campaign the Confederate forces occupied and camped in the Rock Spring community. "In line of battle near Rock Church," James H. Fraser, 50th Alabama Infantry, noted in his diary on September 13, "8 miles from LaFayette, Georgia. The order to move at sunset was countermanded and orders received to march at 12 o'clock at night. At the appointed time we moved out of Lafayette, marched 8 or 10 miles and this morning we are [in] line of battle at or near Rock Church Springs. We are expecting to meet the enemy at any hour, some heavy skirmishing has been going on. General Cheatham has been busy forming the
The expected Federal attack did not come and the next day the Confederate forces moved back to LaFayette. Five days later, however, as General Braxton Bragg made ready for his major attack on the Federal Army of the Cumberland, elements of the Confederate army returned to Rock Springs. "Moved onto the Rock Spring Church," Edwin H. Reynolds, 5th Tennessee Infantry, wrote in his diary on September 18, "and took up our old position of the 13th inst, where Gen. Bragg's Battle order was read... We moved on slowly in the direction of Gordon's Mills down the 'Long Hollow' road." The next day, they moved north and began crossing the creek for the Battle of Chickamauga.
Although the departure of Polk and Hill's men marked the end of major Confederate concentrations at Rock Springs, there was still a presence in the area for sometime after the battle. At least one post-war account by a Federal prisoner captured at Chickamauga indicates that the Confederates held hundreds of captive Federal soldiers in Rock Spring after the big battle. Adam S. Johnston, 79th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, stated that he was captured at Chickamauga and "sent to the rear seven miles, to Cheatham's headquarters, or hospital, called Rock Springs." There he said that the Confederates recorded every man's name, regiment, rank, and place of residence, and then turned them
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Marker Number #9.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 49.033′ N, 85° 14.175′ W. Marker is in Rock Springs, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is on Peavine Road north of Georgia Route 95, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is located just across the street from the Rock Springs United Methodist Church, on the extended grounds of the church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3477 Peavine Road, Rock Spring GA 30739, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Tavern Road (approx. 0.4 miles away); Worthen's Gap (approx. 1.4 miles away); Peavine Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Leet's Spring and Tanyard (approx. 2.9 miles away); Helm's Brigade Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 3.3 miles away); a different marker also named Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 3.3 miles away); Henderson Plantation (approx. 3.4 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 28, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 28, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 29, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.