Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Monday, February 18, 2019
Diary of Augustus L. YennerThis is a wonderful Civil War Diary--it's like strange modern poetry!
He was with the Union army as it came through Ringgold, crossed Conasauga "Creek," and other places relevant to my research.
Augustus L. Yenner Diary
in the United States Civil War Collection
University of Michigan
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Civil War, Minor Event in Murray County
Georgia, March 1864 (Just for Reference)
Murray County, Georgia, mid-March 1864
Callaway's Mill: U.S. troops find sacks of wheat marked "C.S.A." They considered burning the wheat--not sure if they followed through.
Callaway's Mill, Sacks of Wheat
O.R. I, Vol. 32, Pt. 3, page 101
Nearby areas: Conasauga River. Waterhouse's house, 4 miles from Callaway's Mill. Related correspondence is on the preceding page and perhaps subsequent pages.
Located in a rural area of Crandall, Georgia (modern postal route), just west of modern-day GA Hwy. 225, east of the segment of GA Hwy. 2 that runs to Beaverdale community, and on toward the town of Varnell. Local roads in area: Sugar Creek Road, Weber Road, Carlton Petty Road, Colvard Road, Halls Chapel Road (where it intersects Hwy. 225). For example: Colvard Road, Crandall, GA, is one I often use to get my bearings; then view the fields west of there. There were several old mills in the area, and they are long gone, so I can't get more specific than that right now. Besides, most of these sites are on private property.
Research Notes for Reference
(not specified in the linked source):
Cohutta Springs, as a town, is no longer extant. Cohutta Springs, as a place name, designated several different sites, including the area where these old mills were located.
Nearby Modern Cities and Towns, Creeks:
Cleveland, Bradley Co., Tennessee (11-15 miles north; Cleveland was extant in C.W. times. U.S. Army occupied it from about Dec. 1863 to May 1864, then marched out to fight at Dalton, Resaca, etcetera); site of some demonstrations and skirmishes.
Red Clay Station (or) Red Clay, Georgia (Tennessee border, well northwest). Occupied by U.S. troops, late 1863 to at least 1864.
Varnell's Station (or) Varnell, Georgia (well west of area); some skirmishes; part of area of battles for Daltin, GA.
Tunnell Hill, Georgia (well northwest); site of several battles and skirmishes, related to Battles for Dalto, GA.
Dalton, Georgia (well west). Confederate Army headquartered there, late 1863 to May 1864. Later occupied by Federal Troops. Had battles and skirmishes.
Spring Place, Georgia (few miles south; is in Murray County). Occupied by Confederates in 1863 and 1864. Some skirmishing, guerrilla activity, 1864 to 1865. Cite of Chief Vann House, now part of the Georgia State Park system.
Some Modern References:
Cisco, Murray Co., Georgia, unincorporated town (northeast of mill area; appears on some old maps, but usually not referenced in old documents).
Chatsworth, Murray Co., Georgia; (few miles south of area: but the postal area of Chatsworth now encompasses a very large portion of Murray County, overlapping other "town" and GPS areas, such as Eton).
Crandall, Murray Co., Georgia. For locating certain sites by GPS, this place name encompasses an area all the way from GA Hwy. 225 to U.S. Hwy. 411 and a bit further east. The town of Crandall (such as it is/was) was just east of U.S. Hwy. 411. Crandall's Post Office, near the old historic mineral spring, is currently located on U.S. Hwy. 411, due south of Ocoee, Tennessee. Crandall Post Office is five miles east of the Civil War places in the above-cited O.R. I, Vol. 32, Pt. 3 (such as Callaway's Mill and Waterhouse's); nevertheless, the roads there will come up in GPS as "Crandall" addresses.
Monday, December 17, 2018
(Part IV Begins, and Thomas's Report Begins)
Report is dated January 20, 1865, Eastport, Mississippi,
and covers September 7, 1864, to January 20, 1865.
Report of Major General Thomas (Link)
Reference to a Road Parallel to Federal Road. Mention of Waterhouse's Mill, Spring Place, and More. 1864
Series 1, Volume 32, Part 3, page 342
April 13, 1864, Cleveland, Tennessee
Correspondence from Col. O. H. LaGrange to Capt. Robert Le Roy
Series 1, Volume 32, Part 3, page 342
Note: This appears on the same page with correspondence about the captured rebel engineer, F.R.R. Smith: Short URL: http://bit.ly/I-32-3-FRR-Smith-captured
This letter references U.S. movement from Cleveland, Tennessee, into Murray County, Georgia, on April 13, 1864, referencing "the order to strike the Spring Place road." It mentions a road parallel to the Federal Road.
Officers and Units mentioned:
Second Brigade (U.S.)
General Wheeler (Confederate)
Place names mentioned:
Spring Place road
Road parallel to Federal road
Connesauga River at Waterhouse's Mill
Barrett's Mills (26 miles from Cleveland)
Place names concluded or relevant, but not mentioned:
Benton, Tennessee (nearby town, road to/from that town)
Bradley County, Georgia
Polk County, Tennessee
Murray County, Georgia
Tennga, Georgia (nearby town)
Cisco, Georgia (nearby town)
Cohutta Springs P.O. (nearby community and P.O.)
Crandall, Georgia (modern-day community/town reference)
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Demonstrations on Dalton, Georgia
Link to Itinerary of the Dept. of the Cumberland, page 38
(Rf.: Col. Eli Long, Col. Edward M. McCook, Gen. Elliott. Mentions hdqrs. at Calhoun, Tenn.)
More on Dalton...
Links to all three parts in this volume:
War of the Rebellion series ("Official Records"), Volume 32Volume 32, Chapter 44.
Operations in Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Georgia. January 1-April 30, 1864.
Part 1. Reports. Page 1-703.
Part 2. Union and Confederate Correspondence, etc., Page 1-833.
Part 3. Union and Confederate Correspondence, etc., Page 1-879.
Official Records, Series 1, Volume 32, Part 1 (Reports).
Official Records, Series 1, Volume 32, Part 2 (Correspondence, etc.).
Official Records, Series 1, Volume 32, Part 3 (Correspondence, etc.).
Volume XXXII, Chapter XLIV. Courtesy of Texas University