Sherman’s HQ at Tunnel Hill

On Saturday, May 7th 1864, General Sherman’s Armies began their advance on Dalton in the opening moves of the Atlanta Campaign.

On Saturday, May 7th 1864, General Sherman’s Armies began their advance on Dalton in the opening moves of the Atlanta Campaign.  Very little in the way of resistance was offered by the Confederates as the Federal Armies advanced toward Rocky Face Ridge.  The only notable resistance was from a detachment of Wheeler’s Cavalry at Tunnel Hill.  Here, Howard’s IV Corps and Palmer’s XIV Corps were able to easily drive the Confederate Cavalry from the field and back to Mill Creek Gap at Rocky Face Ridge.  General Sherman soon established his Headquarters at the Clisby-Austin house along the railroad and only a short distance from the tunnel at Tunnel Hill.
The Clisby-Austin House, Sherman’s HQ May 7 – May 12, 1864
Living Room of the Clisby-Austin House.  Sherman used this space an office while his HQ was here.
The house also use as a field hospital on more than one occasion.  The bench to the left is from the Old Stone Church near Ringold, Ga. and still has blood stains from its use as a makeshift bed.
After the Battle of Chickamauga in September of 1863, General Hood was brought here from a field hospital to recover for a short time before taking a train to Richmond in order to dispel rumors of his death on the battlefield.  This is the room where he stayed to recover.
The tunnel that Tunnel Hill is named for.  This railroad tunnel was the main supply route for General Sherman’s armies as they advanced on Atlanta.  Had the Confederates blown up the tunnel, the Atlanta Campaign would have faced significant delays and quite possibly could have failed.

Author: Clint Brownlee

My name is Clint Brownlee and I am a Photographer in Woodstock, Georgia with over 20 years of photographic experience in many different aspects of photography. I have photographed everything from weddings, special events and portraits to published materials, but my passion has always been Fine Art and Nature Photography. I have had a several shows at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and The Roswell Visual Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia. I now sell through my website:

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