Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
In 1866, George N. Bernard photographed Allatoona looking north from approximately the same location is this marker. The Western & Atlantic Railroad from Atlanta to Chattanooga penetrated the Allatoona Mountain range at this point through a 175 foot deep cut. Allatoona, a small community alongside the rail, was intersected by several imported wagon roads.
The plantation residents photographed on the far left is the John Clayton (now Mooney) house. This privately owned structure looks much the same today as in the Bernard photograph. Pictured immediately left of the railroad tracks stood the Allatoona train depot. Across the tracks were the warehouses and sheds in which large quantities of Federal supplies were stored at the time of the battle. Built to defend the railroad below, the Star Ford is visible atop the hill on the left. The Tennessee wagon road winds northward up and over the hill to right. The frame house once standing on top of the right hill was used as headquarters for the 4th Minnesota Infantry Regiment garrisoned at Allatoona. During construction of the defenses, Union forces removed trees on both hill to provide a clear field of fire. Over time, heavy forest growth reclaimed most of the battlefield.
Images of War and Life
Advances in photography shortly before
George Bernard´s famous photographs the Allatoona are the result of his role as an official photographer of the U.S. Army. Others work independently or for the various newspapers and magazines. Newspapers and magazines of that day did not yet possess the technology required for printing photographs; therefore, engravers created images from photographs and sketches. Artist, such as Alford and William Ward, Thomas Nast, and Edwin Forbes provided "Harper´s Weekly," "Harper´s New Monthly Magazine," "Frank Leslie´s Illustrated Newspaper," and "The London Illustrated News" with war images for their subscribers.
Erected by Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.
Location. 34° 6.84′ N, 84° 42.898′ W. Marker is in Allatoona, Georgia, in Bartow County. Marker can be reached from Old Allatoona Road SE 0.4 miles north of Allatoona Landing Road SE, on the right. Touch for map. Located at the
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Allatoona Pass (here, next to this marker); Demand For Surrender (here, next to this marker); The Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Memorial Field (here, next to this marker); Allatoona Pass (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Allatoona (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Allatoona Pass Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Iowa (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Allatoona.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Allatoona. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 18, 2015.)
2. Bartow County Civil War History - Allatoona Pass Battlefield. Etowah Valley Historical Society (Submitted on August 18, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 17, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 17, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.