Atlanta in Dekalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Death of McPherson
McPherson rode S. from the Ga. R.R. when he heard firing in Sugar Cr. valley, where the rear attack by Walker's & Bate's divs. (CS) fell upon Dodge's 16th A.C. After pausing to observe this part of the battle, he galloped towards the left of the 17th A.C. (Flat Shoals & Glenwood), on a road through the pines. At this point he was assailed by skirmishers of Cleburne's Div.; (CS) refusing to surrender he was shot while attempting to escape.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-45.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 44.648′ N, 84° 20.478′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Dekalb County. Marker is at the intersection of McPherson Avenue and Monument Avenue SE, on the left when traveling west on McPherson Avenue. Click for map. The marker is located in Monument Park at the intersection of McPherson and Monument Avenues, along with a cannon denoting the death of a general. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30316, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Historic Ground --1864 (here, next to this marker); Fuller's Div.16th A.C. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Cleburne's Div. in the Federal Rear (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gresham's Division (approx. ¼ mile away); McPherson's Last Ride (approx. ¼ mile away); Cleburne Outflanked Left Wing, 17th A.C. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler's Cav. Intrenched (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
Regarding Death of McPherson. The route taken by McPherson from the Last Ride Marker is bisected by Interstate 20 and can no longer be retraced.
Also see . . . James Birdseye McPherson. The death of McPherson was deeply felt by his men, and friends on both sides of the battle lines.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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