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The Confederate Attack, Cont.

The Battle of Peachtree Creek

 

—Tablet #6 —

 
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
1. The Confederate Attack, Cont. Marker
Inscription. On the right, Harrison placed two regiments across Tanyard Branch, to connect with Candy´s left, and three on the slight rise east of it. Scott´s brigade advanced across the thickly wooded hills between Northside and Whitehall drives, routing the 33rd New Jersey and capturing its state flag. Although Scott´s men met a storm of fire from Geary´s front, his left regiment captured four of Geary´s guns but where forced to retire without them. His right regiments, diverted to the right by the fire from Candy´s men and of the battery near his left, crossed Tanyard Branch in this area and charged into the gap along the stream, between Harrison´s regiments. At Collier Mill, a few yards farther on, they were halted by a ridge across their front. Massed under the cross fire of Harrison´s men, they were decimated before they could withdraw. Later, a Federal officer wrote "Few battlefields of the war have been strewn so thickly with dead and wounded as they lay that evening around Collier´s mill." On Loring´s left, Walthall had deployed astride Howell Mill Road and advanced northeast through the Embry plantation. O´Neal´s brigade struck Geary´s right, forced it to swing back across Overbrook Road and the ravine to connect with Williams´ left. But the impetus of the attack plunged O´Neal´s men into the ravine between Geary and Williams where they
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By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
2. The Confederate Attack, Cont. Marker
lost heavily before they could withdraw. On O´Neal´s left, the right of Reynolds´ brigade made two desperate attempts to cross the ravine on Williams´ front and assault his line, but the concave ridge thrust Williams´ flanks forward, enabling them to enfilade Reynolds´ right regiments and drive them back with heavy losses. Reynolds´ left across Howell Mill swung around Knipe´s right and attacked his flank; but Ruger´s men rushed to his support and Reynolds´ now exposed left was swept by fire from McCook´s intrenchments, forces Reynolds´ to retire. Nowhere on the two-mile front had the Confederate assault met with more than passing success. Finally, Hardee and Sterwart withdrew their shattered divisions in to the shelter of the outer line. Estimates place Hood´s loss as 4,796, Thomas actual loss was 1,779. Although the Army of Tennessee had fought with the same courage and gallantry which had made Sherman´s advance slow and costly, it had suffered a bitter defeat.
 
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 Collier Rd NW and Walthall Drive NW, on the left when traveling west.
The Confederate Attack, Cont. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
3. The Confederate Attack, Cont. Marker
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); a different marker also named The Confederate Attack (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. 1of 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
 
Tanyard Creek Park image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, July 23, 2008
4. Tanyard Creek Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 32 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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