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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Gordon County, Georgia

Clickable Map of Gordon County, Georgia and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Gordon County, GA (44) Bartow County, GA (103) Cherokee County, GA (6) Floyd County, GA (23) Gilmer County, GA (9) Murray County, GA (17) Pickens County, GA (11) Walker County, GA (358) Whitfield County, GA (70)  GordonCounty(44) Gordon County (44)  BartowCounty(103) Bartow County (103)  CherokeeCounty(6) Cherokee County (6)  FloydCounty(23) Floyd County (23)  GilmerCounty(9) Gilmer County (9)  MurrayCounty(17) Murray County (17)  PickensCounty(11) Pickens County (11)  WalkerCounty(358) Walker County (358)  WhitfieldCounty(70) Whitfield County (70)
Adjacent to Gordon County, Georgia
    Bartow County (103)
    Cherokee County (6)
    Floyd County (23)
    Gilmer County (9)
    Murray County (17)
    Pickens County (11)
    Walker County (358)
    Whitfield County (70)
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1Georgia (Gordon County), Adairsville — 064-32 — Cherokee Nation
During the early 1800’s, northern Georgia was heart of the sovereign, independent Cherokee Indian Nation. By this time Cherokee were the most progressive Indian tribe in North America. In 1821, they became the first American Indians with a written . . . — Map (db m11567) HM
2Georgia (Gordon County), Adairsville — 064-1 — Oothcaloga Valley
During the advance of Sherman's forces S. from Resaca, May 16-17, 1864, the (US) 4th, followed by the 14th Corps, marched by this and nearby roads, pursuing Johnston`s forces (CS) which had evacuated Resaca the night before. Newton's Div., leading . . . — Map (db m11021) HM
3Georgia (Gordon County), Adairsville — 064-2 — Site of the Robert C. Saxon House
Otherwise known as the Octagon or Gravel House ~ an eight~sided stone residence, built in 1856, on the knoll east of here. May 17, 1864, a rear guard action between Cheatham’s Div., Hardee’s A. C. and Newton’s 2d Div., 4th A. C. was fought along . . . — Map (db m11056) HM
4Georgia (Gordon County), Audubon — 064-23 — Field's Mill & Ferry
May 16, 1864. Butterfield's (3rd) div. 20th A.C., (US) instead of crossing at McClure's Ferry 2mi. downstream, sought to gain time by moving to Field's -- reaching here 11 P.M. Not until noon of the 17th was it across. Schofield, prevented . . . — Map (db m16291) HM
5Georgia (Gordon County), Blackwood — 064-28 — Oothcaloga Mission←—«
The two-story portion of this house was the Oothcaloga Moravian Mission Station, serving this region of the Cherokee Nation from 1822 until 1833. John Gambold, whose grave lies 100 yards east, was first missionary here. Built in 1821 by . . . — Map (db m60002) HM
6Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-19 — Battle of Lay's Ferry
May 14, 1864. A contingent from Sweeny's (2d) div., 16th A.C. [US] made a crossing here in pontoon boats, but on a rumor of Confederate crossings upstream, it withdrew. May 15. The division, supported by Welker's Artillery [US], crossed in force . . . — Map (db m13865) HM
7Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 15 — Calhoun DepotThe War Years - 1861 - 1865 — Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
The present depot at Calhoun, Georgia, originally called Oothcalooga Station, opened about 1853 and served passengers and commerce for over a century. During the 1840's, Irish immigrants had constructed the Western & Atlantic Railroad tying . . . — Map (db m142934) HM
8Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — Calhoun War Memorial
(north face) Calhoun (west face) Confederate Memorial Battle of Resaca fought near here May 14 and 15, 1864 (east face) Calhoun Honors Her World War Heroes 1917—1918 (south . . . — Map (db m87048) WM
9Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-16 — Calhoun, Ga, May 18, 1864.
Gen. J.E Johnston’s three Corps, [CS] after 2 days of battle at Resaca -- outflanked by superior Federal forces -- withdrew S. Hood’s Corps marched by a road 1 mile E.; Polk’s & Hardee’s on direct road to Calhoun -- Polk continued to Adairsville. . . . — Map (db m19279) HM
10Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — Cherokee Indian Memorial
Erected in honor of the Cherokee Nation by the United States Government in 1931 on the site of New Echota, last capital of the Cherokee Indians east of the Mississippi River. The Cherokee Nation, composed of twenty thousand people, occupied . . . — Map (db m65817) HM
11Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-14 — Gordon County
This county was named for William Washington Gordon, of Savannah (1796-1842). The first Georgian to graduate at West Point, he entered the practice of law and was a pioneer in the railroad field in this State. He was the founder and first . . . — Map (db m19295) HM
12Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — Historic Liberty Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchErected 1860
Circuit Riders 1847-1853 Formally established 18 October 1853 1st Painted Church in Northwest Georgia Only Church Where Union and Confederates Worshipped Together in Same Service During the War – April 1864 Union Field . . . — Map (db m60026) HM
13Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — Historic Site in JournalismThe Cherokee Phoenix
The Cherokee Nation of Indians established the first Indian-language newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, on this site in 1828. Edited by Cherokee Elias Boudinot and later by Elijah Hicks, the Cherokee Phoenix was printed bi-lingually in the . . . — Map (db m65819) HM
14Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-18 — Johnston's Rear Guard Stops McPherson
May 16, 1864, Walker's div. of Hardee's A.C. [CS], having delayed McPherson's troops (15th & 16th A.C.) [US], at Lay's Ferry ( 3.25 mi. N.W.) the day before, was joined here by 2 division ~ Bate's and Cleburne's [CS]. Deploying on both sides of . . . — Map (db m13919) HM
15Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-12 — Lay’s Ferry
Lay’s or Tanner’s Ferry, Oostanaula River, was 1.5 mi., S. W. of this point ~ access road thereto no longer existing. May 14, 1864, Sweeny’s (2d) div. 16th A. C. [US] moved to Lay’s Ferry & effected crossing by one brigade but a false rumor . . . — Map (db m57575) HM
16Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — Liberty Church Grounds
In May 1864, while on its way to Kennesaw and Atlanta Campaigns, the Army of the North seiged Liberty Church and grounds for use as a field hospital. During the occupation numerous soldiers suffered the trauma of amputation. These body parts . . . — Map (db m60027) HM
17Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-29 — New EchotaCherokee National Capital
The sprawling town of New Town which had stood here since 1819 was designated the seat of government for the Cherokee Nation in a legislative act of 1825 and it was renamed New Echota for a former principal town in Tennessee. In its short history . . . — Map (db m67572) HM
18Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-30 — New Echota Cemetery
On the hilltop, 100 yards to the south, is the cemetery for the village of New Echota. The marked graves are those of Pathkiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation until his death in 1827 and a colonel in Morgan's regiment in the War of 1812, . . . — Map (db m11570) HM
19Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-31 — New Echota Ferry
The head of the Oostanaula River is formed 200 yards northeast by the confluence of the Coosawattee and the Conasauga Rivers. The passage of travelers and freight along the Tennessee Road was served at this point by a ferry operated by the Cherokee . . . — Map (db m11057) HM
20Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-25 — Richard Peters Plantation
May 16, 1864 Williams’ 1st & Geary’s 2d divs., 20th A. C. [US], crossed the Coosawattee at McClure’s Ferry near Pine Chapel, & night of the 17th, reached this cross-roads -- Buschbeck’s brigade of Geary’s div. camping on the Peters plantation. . . . — Map (db m30560) HM
21Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-34 — Roland HayesJune 3, 1887 - January 1, 1977
Roland Hayes, the first internationally renowned African-American classical singer was born in Gordon County and performed at this site, the former Calhoun High Auditorium. Hayes opened doors for African - American concert and opera performers and . . . — Map (db m13916) HM
22Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — Sequoyah
Originator of the Cherokee Indian alphabet. Two miles east of this spot is New Echota, the last Indian capital in Georgia, where Sequoyah lived. Here was published the "Cherokee Phoenix," only newspaper edited in an Indian language. . . . — Map (db m87047) HM
23Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — The Calhoun Depot
Constructed in 1847 by the Western & Atlantic Rail Road Purchased by the City of Calhoun 1990 Roof Donation by the Calhoun Woman's Club 1991 Renovated by the City of Calhoun 1996/97 Construction Project Manager Councilman . . . — Map (db m87057)
24Georgia (Gordon County), Calhoun — 064-33 — Trail of Tears
The New Echota Treaty of 1835 relinquished Cherokee Indian claims to lands east of the Mississippi River. The majority of the Cherokee people considered the treaty fraudulent and refused to leave their homelands in Georgia, Alabama, North . . . — Map (db m10051) HM
25Georgia (Gordon County), Cash — 064-24 — Big Spring
May 17, 1864: Butterfield's (3d) div., 20th A.C [US], marched this way from Field’s Mill, Coosawattee River, enroute to Kingston & camped at the Smith farm 2 ½ miles N. of Mosteller’s Mills. May 18: Schofield's 23d A.C [US], marching from . . . — Map (db m19284) HM
26Georgia (Gordon County), New Echota — Hicks/McCoy House Sites
Two Cherokee families headed by Elijah Hicks and Alexander McCoy were among the first residents of New Echota. Both families were already living here when New Echota became the capital in 1825. Their farms once included most of what is now the golf . . . — Map (db m161553) HM
27Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — Atlanta CampaignResaca — May 13-15, 1864 —
National Historic Site Atlanta Campaign Resaca May 13-15, 1864 In this vicinity the Confederate lines North and West of Resaca held firm against Federal attack. Sherman then executed a successful flank movement to the west and south around . . . — Map (db m44790) HM
28Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 155-3 — Battle of Resaca
May 14: Stewart’s Div., Hood’s Corps (CS) moved from intrenchments near the John Green house and attacked left of Federals then extending toward the State R. R. This attack fell upon the left of Stanley ’s (1st) div., 4th A. C. and 5th lnd. . . . — Map (db m10971) HM
29Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-11 — Battle of Resaca
May 16, 1864. Johnston's forces (CS) withdrew from Resaca via pontoon, R. R. & trestle bridges over the Oostanaula River. The 4th & two divs. Of the 14th Corps (US) rebuilt 2 bridges which had been burned & followed the retreating Confederates . . . — Map (db m11551) HM
30Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-9 — Battle of Resaca
May 13, 1864, McPherson's 15th and 16th A.C. (US) moving from Snake Creek Gap reached this cross-roads where his forces were deployed for advance toward Camp Cr. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick's Cav. Div. (US) led advance; during a sharp engagement he . . . — Map (db m11552) HM
31Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-3 — Battle of ResacaMay 14-15, 1864
0.5 mi. W. is Camp Creek Valley, scene of the 23rd Corps (US) assaults on Hood's left and Hardee's right (CS), May 14. On ridge 0.2 mi. W. was the position of Wood's (3rd) Div., 4th A.C. and Capt. Wm. Wheeler's 13th New York battery (US), May . . . — Map (db m11553) HM
32Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-4 — Battle of ResacaMay 14-15, 1864
At this point the intrenched line of Gen. John B. Hood's Corps (CS) crossed the road ~ this corps being one of the three composing Gen. J.E. Johnston's Army of Tennessee. Line faced N., Hindman's Div. (CS) on the left extended W. to Camp Creek . . . — Map (db m11554) HM
33Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-5 — Battle of Resaca
Hood's line, (CS) beginning E. at State R.R. ran W. to point atop ridge (S) where Hardee's rt. joined it & together with Polk's Corps, (CS) the line was prolonged 3 miles S. to the Oostanaula River. May 13, 1864, Sherman's forces (US) reached . . . — Map (db m11555) HM
34Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-6 — Battle of ResacaMay 14, 1864
A portion of Hood's A. C. (CS), thrust forward to hold ridge in fork of cr. was driven back to hills this side of the valley & N. of the road. Cox's ( 3d ) Div., 23d A. C. (US) having taken the ridge in creek - fork, was relieved by 4th A.C. . . . — Map (db m11556) HM
35Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-13 — Battle of Resaca
May 13, 1864. The 15th and the 16th A.C. (US) deployed astride road on ridges W. of those next to and this side of Camp Creek, where Polk's Corps (CS) was posted. May 14: The 15th and the 16th A.C. drove Polk's troops across creek from this . . . — Map (db m11557) HM
36Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-7 — Battle of ResacaMay 14, 1864
The Battle of Resaca was one of the few places where the entire armies of Sherman and Johnston faced each other in the Atlanta Campaign. Judah's (2nd) Div., 23rd Army Corps & part of the 14th Corps [US] moved from the high bluff west of Camp Creek . . . — Map (db m13914) HM
37Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-15 — Confederate Cemetery Resaca
Established shortly after the war by Miss Mary J. Green & Associates for burial of Confederate soldiers who fell at the battle of Resaca. May 14, 1864, Maj. Gen. A. P. Stewart's Div., Hood's A. C. (rt. of Johnston's line) [CS], posted 600 yds. N. . . . — Map (db m13915) HM
38Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-21 — Harlan’s Cross RoadsMaj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s Headquarters, May 16, 1864
Hovey’s 1st and Judah’s 2d divs. of Sheffield’s 23 A.C. [US], enroute from Resaca battlefield crossed the Conasauga river at Fite's Fy. intending to pass the Coosawattee at McClure’s Ferry, 1.25 mi. east of here. But the 20th A.C. [US], diverted . . . — Map (db m19281) HM
39Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-22 — McClure’s Ferry
May 16, 1864. Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker (20th A. C.) [US], moving E. from Resaca, with orders to cross at Newtown Fy., elected to usurp the crossing at McClure’s thereby forcing Schofield’s 23d A. C. [US] to proceed E. to Field’s Mill & Ferry. . . . — Map (db m19283) HM
40Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — Miss Mary Green
This tablet is dedicated by the Atlanta Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to the memory of Miss Mary Green, who established this Resaca Cemetery –- the first in this state -- for our Confederate soldiers. Made by the . . . — Map (db m26347) HM
41Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 14 — Oostanaula River BridgesThe Battle of Resaca — Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
The original Western & Atlantic Railroad bridge over the Oostanaula River at Resaca dates from 1847. By 1862, two bridges spanned the river, one for the railroad, the other for a wagon road to Calhoun six miles south. When Federal agents led . . . — Map (db m142921) HM
42Georgia (Gordon County), Resaca — 064-14-2 — Polk's Line Withdrawn to Resaca
May 14, 1864. After being driven from hills W. of Camp Creek by troops of the 15th and 16th Corps (US), Polk's A.C. (CS) was aligned on the E. side of the creek, its center posted on a chain of hills S. of this road and overlooking the creek ~ its . . . — Map (db m11558) HM
43Georgia (Gordon County), Sonoraville — 064-26 — Old Sonora P.O. Now Sonoraville
May 18, 1864. Maj. Gen. J.D. Cox's (3d) Div., 23d A.C. (US) marching S. from Field's Mill, Coosawattee River, via Cash, took the direct rd. to Sonora. Moving S. 4 mi., the div. turned W. on the Fairmount-Adairsville rd. to Mosteller's Mills (near . . . — Map (db m16290) HM
44Georgia (Gordon County), Sugar Valley — 064-8 — Snake Creek Gap
May 8, 1864. McPherson's 15th and 16th Corps [US] seized Snake Creek Gap. On the 9th, attempting to destroy the R. R. at Resaca, (defended by Cantey's Div. of Polk’s Corps), [CS] McPherson was forced to withdraw to the mouth of the gap where he . . . — Map (db m13913) HM
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