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

Battle of Peach Tree Creek

Loring's Attack

 

Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail

 
Battle of Peach Tree Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 10, 2019
1. Battle of Peach Tree Creek Marker
Inscription.  At 4:30 p.m. on July 20, 1864, 2,700 Confederate soldiers in two brigades of Major General William W Loring's division attacked the Federal '20th Corps, aligned north of Collier Road. "The enemy was in plain view about 700 yards distant occupying a ridge running east and west," Loring reported.

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

Battle of Peach Tree Creek Marker at Tanyard Creek Park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 10, 2019
2. Battle of Peach Tree Creek Marker at Tanyard Creek Park.
then split. To the right, two Alabama regiments and part of the 12th Louisiana crossed an open field. Colonel John Snodgrass of the 55th Alabama reported, "After the order to charge, my regiment moved forward under terrible enfilading fire of grape, canister and minie, as well as a galling direct fire." The outnumbered Confederates faltered, and the Federals drove them back across the road.

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.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
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. Marker is at or near this postal address: Collier Road NW, Atlanta GA 30318, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Forces Engaged/The Confederate Forces Engaged

One of a number of nearby markers about the Battle of Peachtree Creek. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 10, 2019
3. One of a number of nearby markers about the Battle of Peachtree Creek.
(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.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Battle of Peach Tree Creek Marker at this trail parking area. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 10, 2019
4. Battle of Peach Tree Creek Marker at this trail parking area.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 12, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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