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War for Southron Independence Sites in Georgia

The First Shot Fired in the Battle of Atlanta

At the corner of Ivy and Ellis Streets in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. The first shot that was fired in the Battle of Atlanta found it's target in a young girl and her little puppy. Scroll down to the second story and special thanks to Miss Dixie Rebel for posting the story on her site.

Adairsville Depot, Public Square Adairsville,Ga. 30313 404-773-3451 (exit#128 off I-75, west on Ga 140 to Business Dist.)
The depot was witness to the last leg of the Great Locomotive Chase. It is here the Captain Fuller boarded the southbound Texas, dropped the freight cars, and roared out in pursuit of the Raiders' General--in reverse!

Allatoona Pass, Battle of (exit#124 off I-75 US 41, on GA 29, southeast of Cartersville)
This battle occured on October 5,1864, when Confederate Gen. Hood attacked Gen. Sherman's supply line. Several historical markers are located at the intersection of Old Alabama Road and the Western and Atlantic Railroad.

Cartersville Depot Cartersville, Ga. (I-75 to Cartersville Exit, follow signs to downtown)
A rear guard of Gen. Johnston's retreat on May 19th encountered Federal Troops in Catersville and skirmishing erupted near the depot on May 20th. Confederates barricaded themselves inside the depot and knocked out blocks for gun ports. Today, a 25' X 40' section of the original structure remains.

Etowah Historical Foundation Museum 3198 Cherokee Avenue Cartersville,Ga. 30120 404-382-3818
Museum of Bartow County history featuring exhibits detailing the county's role in The War for Southron Independence. Displays include weapons, battlefield recovered artifacts, photos, and maps from war times.

Roselawn 224 west Cherokee ave. Cartersville,Ga.30120 404-387-5162
Houses United Daughters of the Confederacy Civil War Collections. Directly across the street from antebellum First Baptist Church which received $4,000 from the U.S. Government in 1904 in restitution for damage done to it by Federal soldiers in 1864.

Cassville, Battle of Old US 41 (north of Cartersville) (I-75 at Cassville/White exit)
Cassville was the site of a battle on May 18,1864 between Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Johnston, and on the 20th and 23rd Corps, Union forces commanded by Lt. Gen. Schofield. On November 5, 1864, the town was burned by Union forces.

Kingston Depot

Here Confederate pursuers Fuller, Cain, and Murphy exchanged the small engine Yonah for the Rome Railroad locomotive William R. Smith, which carried them to Adairsville in their chase of Andrew's Raiders.

Mcclemore's Cove

Highway 193
Lafayette, Ga.
Beautiful valley with pristine grasslands between Lookout Mtn. and Pigeon Mtn. was the site of a failed attempt to trap 20,000 Federal troops of the Army of the Cumberland in September 1863.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Nine miles south of Chattanooga on U.S. 27

America's first battlefield park. The 29 states whose troops fought here have erected more than 600 monuments, 700 cast iron markers (red signifies Confederate troop movements) and 250 artillery pieces to mark significant sites on the battlefield. Site of the final and decisive engagements of the Campaign for Chattanooga, Nov. 23 - 25, 1863. There were over 12,000 casualties among the more than 110,000 engaged. Park headquarters are at Point Park.Though more than 27,000 were casualties of the battle of Chickamauga, and 4,000 were killed, only one soldier is known to lie on the field today. He is Private John Ingraham, of the 1st Confederate Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, an orphan who was buried by comrades where he fell and remained there despite removal of all other known bodies in development of the battlefield park.

Private John Ingraham's Final Resting Place

Lookout Mountain Battlefield/Point Park

Directions : I-24 to Lookout Mountain Exit #178, Follow signs to Lookout Mountain and Point Park. 423-821-7786

Located on Lookout Mtn., this site was an important landmark and observation post. "The Battle Above the Clouds" was fought on the mountainside below on Nov. 24, 1863.

Sweetwater Creek State Park

I-20 west to exit #44. Turn left onto Thornton Rd., travel to Blairs Bridge Rd., and turn right. 770-732-5871
Ruins of a War for Southron Independence textile mill that was burned by Sherman in 1864. The women factory workers were transported to the north.

Kennesaw House

Built in 1855 as a summer resort called the Fletcher House, James Andrews and his Raiders met here the night before they stole the General in April 1862, Sherman headquartered here on July 3, 1864 and it was partially burned in Nov. 1864. Now the location of the Marietta Welcome Center.

Railroad Tunnel

I-75 to exit #341. travel two miles on Hwy. 201S to downtown(Tunnel Hill). Left on Oak St.