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Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

"Oakton"

Ante-bellum residence of John R. Wilder.

 
 
"Oakton" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 27, 2010
1. "Oakton" Marker
Inscription.  June 19, 1864. Johnston’s Army of Tennessee [CS] withdrew to its Kennesaw line -- Polk’s A. C. (under Loring), posted on the mountain; Hardee’s, extending S. from Loring’s left, prolonged the line beyond Cheatham Hill; Hood’s corps on Loring’s right, prolonged the line E. to the Canton road, where it was supported by Wheeler’s cav. -- the extreme right of the army.

June 21, Hood’s A. C. was shifted to the left, of Hardee’s line [CS] -- prolonging it to & S. of Powder Springs rd., leaving Wheeler to guard the rt. flank. Maj. Gen. W. W. Loring had his headquarters at "Oakton", the Wilder house.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 033-50.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 19, 1742.
 
Location. 33° 57.997′ N, 84° 33.69′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker is on Kennesaw Avenue, 0 miles north of St. Marys
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Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta GA 30064, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherokee Indian Trail Tree (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Residence of Alice McLellan Birney (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Archibald Howell Home (approx. 0.7 miles away); Methodist Church of Marietta (approx. 0.9 miles away); William Root House (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named William Root House (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named William Root House (approx. one mile away); African Americans at the Root House (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
"Oakton" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 27, 2010
2. "Oakton" Marker
Looking south on Kennesaw Avenue, toward downtown Marietta
"Oakton" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 27, 2010
3. "Oakton" Marker
Looking north on Kennesaw Avenue, toward Kennesaw Mountain
"Oakton" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 27, 2010
4. "Oakton" Marker
With Oakton, the Wilder house, in the background
"Oakton" image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, April 27, 2010
5. "Oakton"
The former John R. Wilder house is privately owned.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,380 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 1, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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