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Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Camouflaged Cannons

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

 
 
Camouflaged Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 19, 2013
1. Camouflaged Cannons Marker
Inscription. Tennessee cannoneers positioned two 12-pounder howitzers within this redoubt. Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham ordered these artillery crews to camouflage the earthen mounds with cut underbrush and to hold their fire unless attacked. For the next week, they kept under cover as Union bombardments tried to weaken the Confederate lines.

On the morning of June 27, a Union barrage preceded close-packed Federal attackers. The gunners here waited silently as blue-clad columns pushed through the dense forest despite Confederate small arms fire. Finally, at pointblank range, the cannon crews opened fire. Flying canister stunned the Federal lines and, according to one Confederate officer, “did great execution.”

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Confederate artillery crews normally consisted of a gunner in charge of seven cannoneers.
Well-trained crews could reload and shoot four times a minute.

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 56.173′ N, 84° 35.823′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Cheatam Hill Drive SW 0.7 miles south of Whitlock Avenue NW (Georgia Route 120), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta GA 30064, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Camouflaged Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 19, 2013
2. Camouflaged Cannons Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Climax at Cheatham Hill (a few steps from this marker); Field Fortifications (a few steps from this marker); The Dead Angle (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Assault Falters (about 800 feet away); Illinois Monument (about 800 feet away); Monument to the Fallen (about 800 feet away); A Humanitarian Act (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marietta.
 
Also see . . .  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on November 10, 2013.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Confederate Redoubt at Cheatham Hill image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 25, 2015
3. Confederate Redoubt at Cheatham Hill
Marker located on left side near cannon
Camouflaged Cannons image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 25, 2015
4. Camouflaged Cannons
View to east from Union lines
Confederate Artillery Crews image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, October 11, 2008
5. Confederate Artillery Crews
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 337 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   5. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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