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Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Battle of Atlanta Began Here

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By Felch Dumas, June 19, 2008
1. Battle of Atlanta Began Here Marker
Inscription. July 22, 1864. Sweeny's 2nd. div., Dodge's 16th A.C. (US), having been held in reserve N. of the Ga. R.R. (Candler Park), was ordered to support the left wing of Blair's 17th Corps in East Atlanta. Marching via Clay Rd., Sweeny's column halted here at noon to await further orders. Mersy's brigade led the advance, followed by Rice's.

Thus, by mere accident, the two brigades were posted where they intercepted the surprise attack by Walker's and Bate's divs. (Hardee's A.C.) (CS), aimed at the rear of Blair's 17th A.C. intrenched along Flat Shoals Rd., 1 mile W. of this point, thereby precipitating the battle.
Erected 1983 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 044-46.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 44.864′ N, 84° 19.828′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Clay Street SE and Memorial Drive SE (Georgia Route 154), on the right when traveling south on Clay Street SE. 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. An Unexpected Clash (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bate’s Battle Line (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sweeny's March South (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler Delays Blair (approx. 0.4 miles away); McPherson's Last Ride (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bate's Div. at Terry's Mill Pond (approx. 0.6 miles away); Death of General Walker (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Atlanta. Article from About North Georgia. (Submitted on June 21, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Battle of Atlanta. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 21, 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 1,983 times since then and 157 times this year. Last updated on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photo   1. 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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