The Madden Branch Massacre

Harpertown Road & Casteel Street, McCaysville, Georgia


Photo taken by pam phillips in October 2015



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Inscription. North of here on Madden Branch in Polk County, Tennessee, on November 29, 1864, during the American Civil War, six Georgians trying to enlist in the U.S. Army -- Thomas Bell, Harvey Brewster, James T. Hughes, James B. Nelson, Elijah Robinson, Peter Parris, and Wyatt J. Parton-were executed by the notorious Confederate guerilla John P. Gatewood, “the long-haired, red-bearded beast from Georgia.” The Madden Branch Massacre was one of several atrocities that occurred as the mountain counties divided into pro and anti-Confederate factions. Many Georgians resented the Confederacy's strong central government measures such as conscription, impressment, and taxation and resisted by enlisting in the 5th Tennessee Mounted Infantry (U.S.) and the 1st Georgia State Troops Volunteers (U.S.) or forming their own guerilla units.

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  • August 17, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "Address" & "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"
  • November 1, 2015: Added by pam phillips


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The Madden Branch Massacre
Posted August 17, 2017, by MIchael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This marker is actually in Fannin County, Georgia, not Polk County, Tennessee. Historic Marker even states it was placed by the State of Georgia.