Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
McPherson's Last Ride
July 22, 1864. When Gen. McPherson heard the firing to the S.E. while at lunchen (Whiteford Ave. at R.R.), he mounted his horse & sending away most of his staff on various missions, galloped south to this hill.
Here he observed Dodge's 16th A.C. troops in desperate combat with Bates's & Walker's divs. (CS) in Sugar Cr. valley. Anxious about the left of the 17th A.C. (at Glenwood & Flat Shoals), he proceeded on a road through the pines in that direction, accompanied by an orderly, & Signal Officer, Wm. Sherfy, who reluctantly followed after vainly warning the general that Confederate troops had seized the road.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-44.)
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 22, 1864.
Location. 33° 44.853′ N, 84° 20.411′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Memorial Drive SE (County Route 154) 0.1 milesTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gresham's Division (a few steps from this marker); Death of McPherson (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Ground --1864 (approx. ¼ mile away); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Cleburne's Div. in the Federal Rear (approx. 0.4 miles away); An Unexpected Clash (approx. half a mile away); Cleburne Outflanked Left Wing, 17th A.C. (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Atlanta Began Here (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Also see . . . Battle of Atlanta. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 2,088 times since then and 131 times this year. Last updated on April 5, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 27, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.