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The Confederate Attack

The Battle of Peachtree Creek

 

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By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
1. The Confederate Attack Marker
Inscription. On July 20th, Hood ordered the attack to begin at 1:00 P.M. Hardee and Stewart were to advance, drive the enemy back to the creek, and then west into the angle formed by the creek and the river; but events east of Atlanta caused the line to be shifted about a mile to the east, delaying the attack until all but Ward´s division of the enemy had occupied strong ground in line of battle. Bate´s division (Hardee´s right) halted with its right on Clear Creek and its left reaching Walker´s right near Peachtree and Spring Street. Walker´s left met Maney´s right near Brookwood Station. Maney´s left joined the right of Loring´s division (Stewart´s right) which now occupied Loring Heights. Loring´s left extended to meet Walthall´s right near Northside Drive and Bellemeade Avenue. Walthall´s left regiment halted west of Howell Mill Road. About 3:30, Hardee moved forward, Stewart a half hour later. Walker´s advance, astride Peachtree Road, was impeded by uncut forest growth, Maney´s by miry creek bottom and steep hills, Bates by swampy, densely-thicketed bottom of Clear Creek. At Collier Road, Walker´s charging men met a withering fire of musketry and canister from Newton´s lines. Although they fought desperately, heavy losses forced them back. On their left, Maney´s men also met defeat. In the creek bottoms, Bates sung around Newton´s left flank
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
2. The Confederate Attack Marker
to attack his rear; but Bradley´s men, massed along the road overlooking the creek, met them with musketry. At the Peachtree Creek Bridge, Thomas in person emplaced Ward´s two batteries on the high ground along Peachtree Hills Avenue. Canister from these guns shattered Bate´s right. Already suffering from Bradley´s musketry, his men fell back. Having no reserves, Hardee could not renew the attack so he withdrew. About 4:00, Stewart´s corps attacked. Loring moved forward with Featherston´s brigade on the right, Scott on the left. Featherston´s men crossed Tanyard Branch and moved through dense wood into a wide clearing. They reformed their lines (astride Dellwood Drive) under fire from Geary´s batteries, firing from their left. Sweeping back the Federal picket line barricaded along it, they charged over Collier Road and into the gap between Newton´s right and Geary´s left; but a cross fire of musketry from those positions, together with Ward´s arrival, drove them back with severe losses. Ward´s men took position along Collier Road.
 
Erected 1964 by Georgia Historic Commission - Georgia Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Location. 33° 48.628′ N, 84° 24.185′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
3. The Confederate Attack Marker
Collier Rd NW and Walthall Drive NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Located along Beltline Trail in Tanyard Creek Park. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30318, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Forces Engaged/The Confederate Forces Engaged (here, next to this marker); The Federal Advance (here, next to this marker); The Federal Advance, Cont./The Change of Command (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Attack, Cont. (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Peachtree Creek (here, next to this marker); On Geary's Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrison’s Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. 1 of 6 markers related to the Battle of Peachtree Creek located here. All markers are mounted on concrete pillars and are located in a semi-circular fashioned line, surrounded by a stone wall.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
4. The Confederate Attack Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. 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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