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(10-02) Enlarge Detail (left column) Although there are individual markers, the unidentified dead are actually buried in two mass graves. The cemetery is laid out in the shape of a Confederate battle flag
 
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Panorama (Patrick Cleburne Cemetery)

   

(10-02) Enlarge Marker (Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association, 1934)
 
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(10-02) Enlarge Patrick Cleburne Confederate Cemetery
 
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(9-03) Stately Oaks, 1839. Donated in 1972 by Emily Orr Haynie. Restored by Historical Jonesboro
 
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Palmetto Stagecoach Inn Palmetto Stagecoach Inn

(2013) Enlarge Palmetto, GA. Palmetto Stagecoach Inn
 
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Links:
1. Confederate president visits General Hood in Georgia
2. Sherpa Guides | Georgia | Civil War | Jonesboro Area
3. Civil War Traveler: Georgia: John Bell Hood

 

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From 1830 until the late 1850's the building known as the Stage Coach Inn of Palmetto, or the Griffis House served as an overnight Inn for travelers, and as a tavern. When the railroad was built through Palmetto and the city of Atlanta was formed, this house remained as an Inn although stagecoaches ceased operations. During the Civil War the house took on the responsibility of being the local Confederate Post Office as well as an Inn.

During the Atlanta Campaign of 1864, Northern Calvary troops raided Palmetto and burned the railroad station and City Hall. However, the Stage Coach Inn was about one mile north of the railroad station and in their haste to avoid the pursuit of the confederate forces, The Northern Calvary missed this building altogether.

After the fall of Atlanta, the Confederate forces regrouped in mass in Palmetto to await orders as to the next battle plan. As a result of a state of emergency in Georgia, the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, traveled to Palmetto to meet with the head of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, General John Bell Hood, and the governor of Georgia, Joseph Brown. This meeting which took place on September 25, 1864 is know as the Palmetto Conference. Because the city hall and train depot had been burned down, the meeting took place in the next logical place which was the Stage Coach Inn. The meeting was of great importance to the Confederacy and to the State of Georgia.

Jefferson Davis wanted to persuade Governor Brown to remain in the Confederacy and to release the Georgia Militia to the Confederate Army. Additionally the conference was held to determine how to strike back at Sherman's army which was resting in Atlanta. In the meeting in this building it was decided that the plan of attack would be to cut off Sherman's supply line to the North thus placing his army in extreme hardship in Atlanta and forcing an evacuation of the city.

After the meeting President Davis spoke to the troops from the front porch of this building in an effort to boost morale. The irony of the Palmetto Conference is that it actually hastened the end of the war because the strategy did not work. When Sherman realized his lines had been cut along the railroad to the North, he made the decision to march to Savannah and the Army would live off the land as they moved. After the long hard struggle to take Atlanta, Sherman was not about to turn it back to the Confederates so he burned the city. Thus the ill-fated decision by the Confederates at the Palmetto Conference was directly in relation to the burning of the city of Atlanta and therefore the place of this decision, the Stage Coach Inn of Palmetto, is of great historical importance even though relatively unknown to the general public today.
 
Courtesy of Tim Barclay, GA

 
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