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An Unexpected Clash

 
 
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By Felch Dumas, July 16, 2008
1. An Unexpected Clash Marker
Inscription. July 22, 1864. The attack by Walker's & Bate's divs. (Hardee's A.C.) (C.S) struck the two brigades Mersy's & Rices's, of Sweeny's 16th A.C. div. (U.S.) enroute to support the 17th in E. Atlanta.

Walker's troops came up Sugar Cr. valley from the S.; Bates's from the high ground eastward. Sweeny's men hastily formed defensively-Rice facing E., Mersy S., the apex of the lines atop the hill where Laird's 14th Ohio Battery was posted & where Murphy High School stands. Blodgett's Missouri Battery H was at Rice's center, facing E. Though greatly outnumbered, Sweeny managed to hold the position, thereby foiling Hardee's thrust at the Federal rear.
 
Erected 1988 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 044-49.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 44.834′ N, 84° 19.911′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Dekalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Clifton Street SE and Memorial Drive SE (Georgia Route 154), on the left when traveling south on Clifton Street SE. Click for map. The Marker is located near Alonzo Crim High School grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30317, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
An Unexpected Clash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 16, 2008
2. An Unexpected Clash Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Atlanta Began Here (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bate’s Battle Line (approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing); Sweeny's March South (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler Delays Blair (approx. 0.4 miles away); McPherson's Last Ride (approx. half a mile away); Gresham's Division (approx. half a mile away); Fuller's Div.16th A.C. (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. Alonzo Crim High School was formerly Murphy High School, as mentioned in the text of the Marker and in the text of Mersy's Brigade Marker.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Alonzo Crim High School image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 16, 2008
3. Alonzo Crim High School
View towards Mersy's Brigade Marker on Memorial Drive SE image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 16, 2008
4. View towards Mersy's Brigade Marker on Memorial Drive SE
View towards The Battle of Atlanta Started Here Marker on Clay Street at Memorial Drive image. Click for full size.
By Felch Dumas, July 16, 2008
5. View towards The Battle of Atlanta Started Here Marker on Clay Street at Memorial Drive
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,230 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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