Trenton in Dade County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Gateway to Chickamauga and the Campaign for Atlanta
—Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails —
,br> While Rosecrans made his headquarters in Trenton, his men spread over all of Dade County, foraging for food and animals. At 3:30 AM on the 9th, Rosecrans issued the following order from Trenton to 14th Corps commander, Major General George H. Thomas, "Chattanooga is evacuated by the rebels and [Brigadier General D. Wagner's brigade] will occupy it in the morning. The commanding general desires you to call on him at once to consult in regard to arrangements to the pursuit." Rosecrans' aggressiveness, based on the faulty belief that Confederate General Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee was in full retreat, came despite Thomas pleading with him to consolidate the army, then spread over fifty miles. A major portion of the Federal army proceeded to cross Lookout Mountain about four miles southeast from here at Johnson's Crook, continuing toward their bloody defeat at Chickamauga from September 18 through 20.
The next year and a half was a time of great distress for those citizens remaining in Trenton, subjected to constant raids by Union loyalists from Alabama and Tennessee, some of whom had been forced from their homes in this area by Confederate supporters. Nevertheless, the civilian population remained solidly behind the Confederacy. With most men away at war, the women and children, with the help of slaves, kept their farms going. They supported themselves, plus produced a surplus for the war effort. The women met regularly to roll bandages, make uniforms, and prepare food to send to the men at the front.
At war's end in 1865, Confederate Colonel James Cooper Nisbet, a local farmer who had organized an 85-man company in the summer of 1861 just south of Trenton at Easley's Store, came home. He and other surviving veterans set to work with the same courageous devotion to
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 34° 52.35′ N, 85° 30.584′ W. Marker is in Trenton, Georgia, in Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Georgia Route 58) and Court Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. This marker is located in a small public park, in the downtown business district, just across the street from the County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12371 South Main Street, Trenton GA 30752, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dade County (within shouting distance of this marker); Running Water Creek Bridge (approx. 8.9 miles away in Tennessee); Chief Wauhatchie’s Home Federal-Georgia Road (approx. 10 miles away in Tennessee); Tennessee AMVETS Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.4 miles away in Tennessee); Civil War in Tennessee (approx. 10½ miles away in Tennessee); Nickajack Cave (approx. 10.8 miles away in Tennessee); Love's Ferry (approx. 10.9 miles away in Tennessee).
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 30, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 30, 2015, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.