Historic High Country / Dalton

Fort Hill Historical Marker

104 Fort Hill Terr.
Dalton, GA 30721


Fort Hill is one of Georgia's most significant African-American Civil War heritage sites. On October 13, 1864, Fort Hill was garrisoned by about 750 Federal soldiers, most of whom were African-American, when they were suddenly surrounded by some 20,000 Confederates commanded by General John B. Hood. In late September following the fall of Atlanta, CS General Hood headed north, striking the Federals' supply line, the Western & Atlantic Railroad, and the small garrisons that guarded it. At Allatoona on October 5 the garrison held out in a fierce contest. Hood bypassed Resaca because its fortifications were too strong and marched on to Dalton. On October 15 US General Schofield barely escaped by rail before the Confederates surrounded the town. CS Major General William Bate's soldiers captured the garrison, 751 men of the U. S. 44th Colored Infantry commanded by US Colonel Lewis Johnson, after they had barricaded themselves in Fort Hill.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Free Admission

    Handicapped Accessible (Limited)

    Open Year 'Round


    Near Interstate Highway


    Special Tags

    Civil War Site

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages