Allatoona in Bartow County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Demand For Surrender
On the morning of October 5, 1864, following a two hour bombardment from Major John D. Myrick's Confederate artillery on Moore's Hill located 1,200 yards to the south, Confederate Major General Samuel G. French sent his adjutant, Major David W. Sanders under a flag of truce with message to the Federal commander and Allatoona:
U.S. Forces, Allatoona
Sir, I have the forces under my command in such a position that you are surrounded and, in order to avoid a needless effusion of blood, I call upon you to surrender your forces at once, and unconditionally. Five minutes will be allotted you to decide. Should you accede to this, you will be treated in the most honorable manner as a prisoner of war.
Samuel G. French, Major General, CSA
The Federals, under Major General John Corse, chose not to surrender. Waiting fifteen minutes without a response, Sanders called off the truce and an immediate assault was ordered by General French. Cockerell's (Missouri) and Young's (Texas) Brigades attacked from the west, and Sears' (Mississippi) Brigade attack from the north.
Maj. Gen. Samuel G. French, C.S.A
Samuel Gibbs French, born in New Jersey and a graduate of West Point, first served in the Mexican
Major David W. Sanders, C.S.A.
Assistant Adjutant General
Major General John Corse, U.S.A.
John M. Corse, born in Pennsylvania and raised in Iowa, studied at West Point for two years. He attended law school and became a politician. In official records, General Corse's reply to the demand for surrender was a jaunty "we are prepared for the 'needless effusion of blood' whenever it is agreeable to you."
Erected by Georgia State Parks & Historical 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 from Allatoona Landing Road SE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 632 Old Allatoona Rd SE, Cartersville GA 30121, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wartime Allatoona (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Allatoona Pass (here, next to this marker); The Railroad 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.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 286 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.