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Georgia: Allatoona Pass
GPS Coordinates: 34.114533 by -84.714833
Iowa Monument at Allatoona Pass
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Allatoona Pass was an important Union supply point and railroad depot. On October 5, 1864, Federal forces led by General John Corse, a native of Burlington, Iowa, drove off a fierce Confederate attack. The Iowa 39th Infantry Regiment suffered severe casualties including 43 killed, 51 wounded and 76 captured. The commander of the regiment, Col. James Redfield was first wounded and then shot and killed. The town of Redfield, Iowa is named after him.
A memorial park has been established at the Battlefield. On October 4, 2008, monuments were dedicated for Iowa and Illinois. Monuments have now been erected for all states that had soldiers in the battle including six Confederate states and five Union states.
Allatoona Pass is north of Atlanta and just south of Cartersville, Georgia. Take exit 283 off I-75 and go about one mile east to the battlefield. There is a small parking lot there (you have gone too far if you go to the marina) - the monuments are to the right at the entrance to the battlefield.
On the back side of the monument are inscriptions with names of soldiers from the Iowa 39th that were killed in the battle. This is shown in the photo below. Another photo shows Tom Gaard on the left who raised funds for the Iowa monument and Mark Willard who led the project for the monument. With the Illinois monument are, from left, Stuart Stefany, Past Commander of SUVCW, Illinois, Steve Westlake, Past Commander, SUVCW, Illinois and Ray Wosniak, who led the project for the Illinois monument. Photos taken 10/3/08, 10/4/08, 2/17/12 and 1/9/15.