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McPherson's Last Ride

 
 
McPherson's Last Ride Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Felch Dumas, June 26, 2008
1. McPherson's Last Ride Marker
Inscription. July 22, 1864. When Gen. McPherson heard the firing to the S.E. while at lunchen (Whiteford Ave. at R.R.), he mounted his horse & sending away most of his staff on various missions, galloped south to this hill.

Here he observed Dodge's 16th A.C. troops in desperate combat with Bates's & Walker's divs.(CS) in Sugar Cr. valley. Anxious about the left of the 17th A.C. (at Glenwood & Flat Shoals), he proceeded on a road through the pines in that direction, accompanied by an orderly, & Signal Officer, Wm. Sherfy, who reluctantly followed after vainly warning the general that Confederate troops had seized the road.
 
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-44.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.853′ N, 84° 20.411′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Memorial Drive SE (County Route 154) 0.1 miles east of Memorial Terrace SE, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30317, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gresham's Division (a few steps from this marker); Death of McPherson
McPherson's Last Ride Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Felch Dumas, June 26, 2008
2. McPherson's Last Ride Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Ground --1864 (approx. ¼ mile away); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Fuller's Div.16th A.C. (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Cleburne's Div. in the Federal Rear (approx. 0.4 miles away); An Unexpected Clash (approx. half a mile away); Cleburne Outflanked Left Wing, 17th A.C. (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Regarding McPherson's Last Ride. Corrected County from Fulton to Dekalb and corrected typo of state route number for Memorial Drive
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Atlanta. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,378 times since then. Last updated on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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