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Stop 5

Cotton Gin Site

109 Cleburne Street




The Carter's Cotton Gin stood on the north side of Cleburne Street forming a deadly salient for angling fire at the Confederates occupying the outer breastworks' trenches. Here was the battle’s epicenter.  Veterans referred to this area as the “Slaughter Pen.” Federal Brigadier General Jacob D. Cox's Division manned the left flank breastworks that bordered along Cleburne Street.  Federal Brigadier General Thomas H. Ruger's Division occupied the forward breastworks to the right of what is now Strahl Street and rear breastworks on the south side of the Carter's farm office building. Confederate Major General John C. Brown's troops charged along with men routed from the Federal forward line and broke through this line for some 50 yards before being repulsed by heavy fire. Brigadier Generals Otto F. Strahl, John C. Carter and States Rights Gist fell along present Strahl Street looking west.  Major General Cleburne, and Brigadier Generals Hiram B Granbury and John Adams were cut down along present Cleburne Street looking east.





Click the thumbnails to read the Historic Marker.



Cotton Gin Assault Park






Click the thumbnails to read the Historic Marker.


Across Columbia Avenue and several yards south is the Old Battle Ground Academy.


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