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Lamar County, Georgia

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Gachet Home     Photograph of DAR members presenting historic marker

The historic Gachet home is situated at the crossing of Towns and old Alabama Road, called Milner Cross Roads.   This road was also an Indian trail.   Benjamin Gachet, a French nobleman, fled from a San Domingo revolution Photograph of Gachet home and settled in what is now Lamar County.  On March 19th, 1825, General Marquis de LaFayette, on his official visit to Georgia, spent the night at the Gachet home and the noted Frenchman was doubly welcomed as a patriot and visitor from France.  This tablet was erected at the request of the Lamar-LaFayette Chapter, N.S.D.A.R.    (Ga 18 about three miles west of Barnesville.)



Lamar County
Lamar County was created by Act of State Assembly August 17, 1920. It was named for Lucius Quintus Cincinnatis Lamar, lawyer, Colonel in the Confederate Army, U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The first officers of Lamar County included: B. H. Hardy, Ordinary; S. J. Childers, Clerk of Court; Z. T. Elliott, Sheriff; E. Luther Butler, Tax Receiver; Gus Smith, Tax Collector; W. C. Jordan, Treasurer, B. K. Crouch, Coroner; Roger H. Taylor, Surveyor; J. F. Redding, Judge; Mrs. Mattie Barnes, School Supt.; H. M. Johnson, E. O. Dobbs, H. J. Kennedy, Solicitors. (At the Courthouse in Barnesville.)

Federals at Barnesville
As Wilson's Federal cavalry moved toward Macon, near this spot on Wednesday, April 19, 1865, some of them attacked a small Confederate force, "The Dixie Rangers." Greatly outnumbered, "The Rangers" fought with gallantry, gradually withdrawing from the field. A detachment from the Federal 4th Indiana Cavalry captured the flag of "The Rangers" in this skirmish. Federal soldiers were again in Barnesville on May 5, 1865, when troops from the First Division, Wilson's Federal Cavalry, in pursuit of Jefferson Davis, camped here that night. (US 41 (Ga 7) in the north edge of Barnesville.)

Confederate Hospital
Historic Marker of Confederate Hospital in Lamar County During the War Between the States, 1861-1865, 155 Confederate soldiers, wounded in the Battle of Atlanta and evacuated, died in several improvised hospitals in Barnesville. This marks the site of the main hospital. A marble headstone marks each soldier's grave in Greenwood Cemetery near here. Two Federal troopers are buried with the Confederates and each Memorial Day receive the same tribute. Among States represented are Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee. (US 41 (Ga 7c) in Barnesville near the depot.)


Confederate Cemetery
Gravestone of Pvt. Wm. H. Van Meter, Co. H, 6th Ky Inf., CSA
In this lonely spot lie the mortal remains of more than 100 unknown soldiers of the Confederacy.   Most of them were wounded while heroically defending the City of Atlanta against overwhelming forces of General Sherman, and died in an improvised hospital at nearby Milner.  At the time this marker was erected the graves were marked with plain rocks for head and foot stones, but the Willie Hunt Smith Chapter No. 49 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy had undertaken to identify and mark each grave.   (On the old Alabama Road about 100 yards south of Liberty Hill Road.)

Confederate Hospital
On this site stood one of Milner's temporary hospitals for Confederate soldiers wounded in the Battles of Atlanta and Jonesboro in 1864. These men were hastily evacuated south on the only railroad from Atlanta still operated by the C.S.A. at that time. Dr. John F. Hunt, local physician, doctors from nearby communities and townspeople fed and cared for the wounded. 108 of these soldiers, from various companies and several southern states, died at Milner and were buried in a cemetery a mile from town on the Liberty Hill Road. (US 41 (Ga 7) in Milner.)

Old Alabama Road
This road from South Carolina to Alabama, originally an Indian trail, became a famous stage coach route. Part of the New-York and New-Orleans Main Line, its "excellent roads, accommodating agents, new coaches and good horses" made it one of the superior routes in the United States. The 18 to 25 gaily painted coaches drawn by six horses in constant use on the Alabama road carried the famous men of the times. Various inns along the way entertained Martin Van Buren, Marquis de LaFayette, Henry Clay, Elijah Clarke, James K. Polk, Andrew Jackson, Robert Toombs and countless other travelers. (Liberty Hill Road about one mile east of Milner.)

Gordon Military College
Founded as Male and Female Seminary in 1852, this was a pioneer school of its kind in Georgia. It was reorganized in 1872 as Gordon Institute, named for General John B. Gordon, famed Confederate soldier, Governor and Senator, who was a friend of Charles E. Lambdin, its first president. In 1927 this school became Gordon Military College, an Honor Military School, an accredited, nonsectarian, five year preparatory Junior College. Graduates have won distinction in many fields of endeavor. Senator Richard B. Russell is numbered among its prominent alumni. (Georgia Avenue in Barnesville at the main entrance to the college.)

Confederate Hospitals
Historic marker for the five Confederate Hospitals in Barnesville In July 1864 the following hospitals were in Barnesville: KINGSVILLE HOSPITAL, Surgeon B. N. Avent. KINGSTON HOSPITAL, Surgeon George W. McDade, Asst. Surgeon V. S. Hopping. This hospital was moved from Kingston, Georgia. MEDICAL COLLEGE HOSPITAL, Surgeon W. P. Westmoreland (also in charge at Milner). This hospital moved from Atlanta. FLEWELLEN HOSPITAL, Surgeon Miles H. Nash. The hospital was named for Surgeon Edward A. Flewellen who lived at The Rock and is buried in Thomaston. ERWIN HOSPITAL, surgeons Joseph A. Groves and B. N. Avent. (U.S. 341 (GA 36) in Barnesville about one block south of US 41 (Ga 7).


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