Battle of Peach Tree Creek
— Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
Confederate Brigadier General Winfield Scott Featherston's Mississippi brigade attacked first. They crossed Tanyard Branch, advanced northeast up the ridge and crossed Collier Road. The Southerners encountered Brigadier General William Ward's division, including the brigade of (future U.S. President) Colonel Benjamin Harrison After checking the Confederate assault, Ward counterattacked driving Featherston to the Collier Road ridge. That night the Mississippians withdrew to their original lines. Featherston reported losing half of his 1,230 troops, including, as reported by one Federal soldier, a woman, "shot in the breast and thigh and still alive and as gritty as any Reb I ever saw."
Brigadier General Thomas M. Scott's brigade advanced after Featherston's, en echelon. They overran an advanced position held by the 33rd New Jersey
Scott's left charged Union Brigadier General John W. Geary's division. Unlike Scott's right, these units were not as vulnerable to enemy fire. They overran a Federal battery but were also eventually forced back. The Southerners failed to break the Federal line leading to another major battle two days later.
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 25.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #23 Benjamin Harrison, and the Georgia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 20, 1864.
Location. 33° 48.629′ N, 84° 24.183′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Collier Road NW north of Redland Road NW, on the left when traveling north. Located at the Tanyard Creek Park in the trail parking area. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Forces Engaged/The Confederate Forces Engaged (here, next to this marker); The Federal Advance (here, next to this marker); The Federal Advance, Cont./The Change of Command (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Attack (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Attack, Cont. (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Peachtree Creek (here, next to this marker); On Geary's Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Peachtree Creek. (Submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.