Gen. Wm. Rosecrans and future president James A. Garfield, his chief of staff, spent 3 days here just before the battle. During this time he was "blind" because his men, including his cavalry, were spread out across 50 miles of enemy territory. Bragg was closer than most of Rosecrans men, staying in the John B. Gordon Hall in Lafayette 12 miles away.
During the Battle of Chickamauga the home was used as a federal hospital. Wagons were placed outside windows for limbs and 30 Union doctors were permitted to stay behind at the mansion to continue tending the wounded.
According to Richard Barclift, who runs the site for his father-in-law, Dr. Richard Green, the home stayed in the Gordon family for more than 120 years. United States Representative Gordon Lee owned the home during his entire term in office. After his death it passed to two close relatives. Dr. Green purchased it from their estate in 1974 and began a restoration project.
Visit the Gordon-Lee Mansion home page.
Other Attractions in Chickamauga
Lee and Gordon's Mill