The Clayton house was built prior to 1844 by John Clayton, and Union troops commandeered the house in 1864 to use as a command post for the Allatoona garrison. It also served as a field hospital during and after the battle at Allatoona Pass on October 5, 1864. Approximately 5,413 troops fought in the day-long battle, with a total of 1,505 losses.
Bullet holes still remain in the weather boarding of the house, and there are approximately 21 unknown Confederate soldiers who died in the hospital buried in the back yard of the house. John Clayton died in the house on November 6, 1864, one month after the battle, partially due to shock, as he and his family were residing in the house during the battle.
The house is located at the entrance to the Allatoona Pass Battlefield.
There is a marker honoring the 21 unknown soldiers who were buried there after the Battle of Allatoona.
GPS Coordinates: 34.11377, -84.715
- Added: 20 Jan 2016
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2601277
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