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War comes to the Brotherton's

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Location: At the old Brotherton cabin on Lafayette Hwy (US 27) at Brotherton Rd.
County: Catoosa
Coordinates: N 34° 55.063    W 085° 15.651
  34.91771666    -85.26085
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMAD0X
War comes to the Brotherton's Marker  


War comes to the Brotherton´s
The great battle raged around his family farm

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,´ Gen. 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 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 to the refugee families. However, the hundreds of the wounded Union and Confederate soldiers she saw here aroused her sympathy, and she gave the milk to them.

Brotherton cabin
War comes to the Brotherton's