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

Maj. William C. Preston C.S.A

Maj. William C. Preston C.S.A Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, June 15, 2008
1. Maj. William C. Preston C.S.A Marker
Inscription.  Commanding Artillery Battalion attached to Alexander P. Stewart’s Corps [CS] - killed in action while supervising placement of two sections of Selden’s Ala. Battery, Lt. Chas. W. Lovelace, commanding, near the Embry House, July 20th, 1864, during the Battle of Peachtree Creek.

This battery was in support of Reynolds’s Brigade [CS] as it swept N.E. across the Embry Plantation & the road toward the re-entrant angle of the Federal line N. of the deep ravine.

Maj. Preston, a native of S. Carolina, was the “Willie Preston” of Mary Boykins Chestnut’s, “A Diary of Dixie."
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-48.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 20, 1900.
Location. 33° 48.615′ N, 84° 24.767′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Howell Mill Road NW, 0 miles north of Collier Road NW, on the right when traveling
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south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Mt. Zion Church (a few steps from this marker); Reynolds’ Brigade at the Ravine (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Hiram Embry Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Geary’s Refused Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); O’Neal’s Brigade (approx. 0.3 miles away); O’Neal’s Brigade at the Ravine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rt. Of 20th A.C. Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Williams' Div. Deployed (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,289 times since then and 5 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 27, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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