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John Brown Gordon

 
 
John Brown Gordon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 3, 2008
1. John Brown Gordon Marker
Marker is located on the back of the Gordon Monument at the Georgia State Capitol.
Inscription.
John Brown Gordon, son of the Rev. Zachariah Herndon Gordon and Mrs. Malinda Cox Gordon, was born in Upson County Feb. 6, 1832. He attended a rural school in Walker County, Pleasant Green Academy in Lafayette, and the University of Georgia. He left the University in his senior year to study law under the noted Logan E. Bleckley, but soon gave up the practice of law to join his father in coal mine operations in Northwest Georgia.

At the beginning of the War Between the States, John B. Gordon organized a company of mountaineers who wore coon-skin caps and called themselves "The Racoon Roughs." When his company was merged with the 6th Alabama Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army, Captain Gordon was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. Early in 1862 he became a Colonel and later that year had fought up to the rank of Brigadier General. On May 14, 1864, he was promoted to Major General and had been recommended for the rank of Lieutenant General when the war ended, at which time he was in command of half of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Douglas Southall Freeman, in "Lee's Lieutenants," wrote: "If the final order of march had been arranged to honor those who had fought hardest and with highest distinction during the last days of the war, Gordon rightly would have been put first." In 1873 General
John Brown Gordon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 3, 2008
2. John Brown Gordon Marker
Plaque located on the side of the monument
Text Reads:
Spottsylvania CH
Twelfth of May 1864
"General Lee to the Rear"
Gordon was elected to the United States Senate. He was re-elected in 1878, but resigned in 1880 to develop mining and railroad interests. In 1886 he was elected Governor of Georgia and re-elected in 1888. At the end of his second term he was sent to the United States Senate for the third time, serving from 1891 to 1897. He died on January 9, 1904, while visiting his son, Hugh Haralson Gordon, in Miami.
 
Location. 33° 44.985′ N, 84° 23.304′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Street SW and Martin Luther King Jr Dive NW, on the left when traveling south on Washington Street SW. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta GA 30334, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Ground (a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Atlanta (within shouting distance of this marker); Transfer of Command (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas E. Watson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Seige of Atlanta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Evacuation of Atlanta
John Brown Gordon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 3, 2008
3. John Brown Gordon Marker
Plaque located on the side of the monument
Text Reads:
Governor
Patriot
Senator
(within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Emerson Brown (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eugene Talmadge (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Categories. PoliticsWar, US Civil
 
John Brown Gordon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 3, 2008
4. John Brown Gordon Monument
John Brown Gordon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 3, 2008
5. John Brown Gordon Monument
John Brown Gordon Monument image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 3, 2008
6. John Brown Gordon Monument
John Brown Gordon Frock Coat image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, January 3, 2012
7. John Brown Gordon Frock Coat
Located at the Atlanta History Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.   7. submitted on September 5, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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