Battle of Ezra Church
Hood's Third Attack
— Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
General Hood sent the corps of Lieutenant General Stephen Dill Lee, his least experienced corps commander, west from Atlanta. Lieutenant General Alexander P. Stewart's corps followed Lees. The Confederates marched along Lick Skillet Road (Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard) with orders to halt the Federal advance. Yet they were "not to attack unless the enemy exposes himself in attacking us."
When General Lee's corps arrived he imprudently attacked with two divisions against Howard's strong line and was shattered. The musketry was so
After the battle a Federal picket called out, "Well, Johnny, how many of you are left?"
The despondent Confederate replied, "Oh, about enough for another killing." The movement of General Sherman's armies to the south around Atlanta was temporarily halted but at a heavy cost.
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 35.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 33° 45.201′ N, 84° 26.225′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from M.L.K. Jr Drive SW east of Wellington Street SW, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1565 MLK Jr Dr SW, Atlanta GA 30314, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Ezra Church (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing. ); The Confederate Attack (a few steps from this marker); The Union Dispositions
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Ezra Church. (Submitted on November 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 11, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.