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Third Division 23rd Corps Attack / Second Division 23rd Corps Attack

Utoy Creek Military Battlefield Park

 
 
Third Division 23rd Corps Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lt Col Perry Bennett, August 5, 2016
1. Third Division 23rd Corps Attack Marker
Artist Marc Stewart, Commander USN, Ret, shows one of his two prints on the battle of Utoy Creek. His print depicts the action described on the marker.
Inscription. (side 1)
Third Division 23rd Corps Attack
At 0830 hours, August 6, 1864, the advanced elements of Cox's Divison (USA), Riley's and Byrd's Brigades advanced to Sandtown Road (now Cascade) and deployed skirmishers to get around the flank of the Confederate Army of Tennessee - Bate's Division (CSA) attached to S.D. Lee's Corps. Cox was drawn in by advanced elements of the 2nd and 4th KY Infantry (CSA) on a ridge south east, heavily wooded and fortified. The attack was unsuccessful with 850 total casualties (USA) and the loss of the Colors of the US 8th Tennessee and 123rd Indiana Infantry to Tyler's Tennessee Brigade entrenched immediately south. US forces were caught in a closed horseshoe valley.

(side 2)
Second Division 23rd Corps Attack
At 1130 hours, August 6, 1864, the advanced elements of Hascall's Division (USA), GEN Strickland's and COL Swayne's Brigades advanced across the Sandtown Road (now Cascade)and deployed with skirmishers facing south. They made a Combat Crossing of South Utoy Creek, to get around the flank of the Confederate Army of Tennessee - Bates Division (CSA) attached to S.D. Lee's Corps. They encountered GEN Armstrong's Mississippi Brigade (CSA) well entrenched and dismounted with artillery. A spirited attack was made by the division with the 25th Michigan
Second Division 23rd Corps Attack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lieutenant Colonel Perry Bennett, Army Historian
2. Second Division 23rd Corps Attack Marker
Hascall's Division Attack 23rd Corps at Battle of Utoy Creek Aug 6, 1864
Infantry in advance as skirmishers. The attack was unsuccessful with 150 total casualties (USA) and the capture of the Colors of the 25th Michigan. Battery I 4th Michigan Artillery was emplaced on this site and focused its fire upon Mebane's Confederate batteries which had pinned down Cox's Third Division (USA) 1600 meters meters south east (in the nature preserve). The attack was called off at 1800 hours during a torrential rain storm. Armstrong's Brigade withdrew on August 7 to the Childress House and high ground along L.O. Kimberly Elementary School. The Colors of the 25th Michigan were recovered on August 7 by PVT Van Raalte of the 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, who was nominated for the MOH.
 
Erected 2016 by Georgia Civil War Commission, Lt Col Perry Bennett-Army Historian and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Dept of GA & SC.
 
Location. 33° 43.186′ N, 84° 28.866′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Sandtown Road Southwest and Cascade Road Southwest. Click for map. Located in the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2852 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta GA 30311, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Embattled Ridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle of Utoy Creek (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Entrenchments: 1864 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Site: Utoy Post Office (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Valley of Utoy Creek (approx. 1.3 miles away); Historic Utoy Church (approx. 1.8 miles away); Enroute to Jonesboro (approx. 2.1 miles away); Battlefield of Ezra Church (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. Dedicated by Atlanta City Councilman Julian Bond, Jr, the GA Civil War Commission and Colonel Bennett Army Historian for the 335th SIG CMD (Theater) US Army. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil war provided and honor guard, presented the colors and sponsored the event jointly with the GA Civil War Commission.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lieutenant Colonel Perry Bennett, Army Historian of Atlanta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Lieutenant Colonel Perry Bennett, Army Historian of Atlanta, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on August 15, 2016.
 
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