Near Rock Springs in Walker County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail
During the summer of 1863, there was a strong presence of Confederate cavalry on the roads in McLemore's Cove. By early September, it was generally known that there was a major Federal army located just on the other side of Lookout Mountain and they were expected to be crossing at any time. On September 9, Confederate cavalrymen discovered that General James Negley's Federal division was at Bailey's Crossroads and were expected to be moving toward Davis Crossroads. General Braxton Bragg was informed of the findings and saw that the Federal division would be vulnerable to a surprise Confederate attack. He, therefore, instructed Major-General Thomas Hindman to prepare his division to move his men against this force
General Thomas Hindman responded promptly to Bragg's orders. During the night of September 9, he moved his division through Pigeon Mountain and by dawn reached the house of J. J. Morgan, a 43 year-old farmer living with his wife and nine children on the west side of Cove Road at the intersection of the road leading eastward to Catlett's Gap in Pigeon Mountain. Many of the soldiers got water from nearby West Chickamauga Creek, perhaps at Gower's Ford a short distance to the north. After a brief rest, Hindman moved his men further down along Cove Road and established his headquarters at the H. J. Conley house, where there was "a spring, the last convenient water before Davis."
General Bragg learned that there would be a problem coordinating Hill's troops, and modified his plan by ordering General Simon Buckner to march his corps to the support of Hindman. General Buckner received his orders dated 8 a.m., September 10, and marched his men through the gap to join Hindman. Bragg's orders to these men were to wait until the attack was initiated by General Patrick Cleburne from Hill's Corps. He then joined General D. H. Hill at Dug Gap to direct that element of the attack.
General Cleburne attacked the Federals at Davis Crossroads, and
Erected by Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail. (Marker Number #7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chickamauga Campaign Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 34° 49.085′ N, 85° 15.631′ W. Marker is near Rock Springs, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker is at the intersection of Straight Gut Road and Worthington Gap Road, on the right when traveling south on Straight Gut Road. Touch for map. This marker is located on the southwest corner of the intersection and is easily seen from the roadway. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Spring GA 30739, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Tavern Road (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rock Springs Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Helm's Brigade (approx. 2.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 2.6 miles away); Glass's Mill Battle Site (approx. 2.6 miles away); Negley's Division (approx. 2.9 miles away but has been reported missing); J. Beatty's Brigade (approx. 2.9 miles away but has been reported missing); Peavine Church (approx. 3 miles away).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 324 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 29, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.