War Comes to the Brothertons
At the time of the Battle of Chickamauga, George and Mary Brotherton and their children lived in a log house here. In the surrounding fields they grazed cattle and grew corn and hay. To escape the battle, some of the Brothertons and other local families
took refuge in a ravine about a mile from here. There they endured hunger and cold, and prayed for their boys serving in the Confederate army.
Tom Brotherton, one of the sons, played a key role in the battle. Because Tom “knew every pig trail through these woods,” General Longstreet, commander of the Confederate left wing, employed him as a scout. Tom served with pride, telling his brother Jim,
“It’s a sorry lad that won’t fight for his own home.” Jim Brotherton also fought for the South.
After the battle, Adaline Brotherton, the youngest daughter, returned to the cabin in search of food. Finding four of their cows who had miraculously survived the battle, she prepared milk for the refugee families. However, the hundreds of wounded Union
and Confederate soldiers she saw here aroused her sympathy, and she gave the milk to them.
This monument is
visible from the road. It is located at
N 34° 55.0657 W 85° 15.647.
Parking is available on Lafayette Road
N 34° 55.0747 W 85° 15.6433
Other nearby monuments on the Battle of Chickamauga Battlefield.
This page originally submitted by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, GA, on July 25, 2017. This page has been viewed 54 time(s) since then. This page has been updated 1 time(s) since then.
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