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

The Atlanta Campaign

 
 
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, February 7, 2015
1. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
Inscription.  
Sherman marched south to fight the Confederate army and seize its supply center.

In May 1864, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman led his 100,000-man army from Chattanooga, Tennessee, into Georgia. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's 65,000 troops dug in to oppose the Union invasion. As Sherman advanced, the two armies clashed at Rocky Face Ridge, then at Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Pickett's Mill, and Dallas. Although Union attacks failed to dislodge the Confederates, Sherman's swift flanking movements threatened the Southerners' railroad line and forced the Confederates to retreat time and again.

By June 3, the Union army reached Acworth, a railroad town eight miles north of here. But three weeks of hard rains mired Union troops and wagons in the Georgia mud. Without the ability to move his army quickly, Sherman temporarily abandoned his flanking maneuvers and drove straight ahead.

Captions:
“The Campaign in Georgia – A Baggage Train Crossing the Mountains in a Storm,” from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Magazine

For two weeks Sherman’s thrusts pressured Johnston’s thin,
The Atlanta Campaign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, February 7, 2015
2. The Atlanta Campaign Marker
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ten-mile line of defense until the Confederates fell back to Kennesaw Mountain on June 19. From this natural stronghold, Johnston’s army dug in to protect the railroads and roads to Atlanta.
 
Erected by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1864.
 
Location. 33° 58.591′ N, 84° 34.759′ W. Marker is near Kennesaw, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Kennesaw Mountain Drive, 1.6 miles south of Stilesboro Road NW. The marker is located on the trail at the crest of Kennesaw Mountain. Parking is available at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park visitor center. You can walk the trail to the crest or pay a nominal fee to the National Park Service and ride the bus that runs approximately every half hour. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr, 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. Atlanta Falls (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fall of Atlanta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Atlanta Campaign ~ 1864 (within shouting distance of this marker); Trading Hard Blows (within shouting distance of this marker); War Comes To Kennesaw
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Dueling Cannons (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tribute to Georgian Generals (about 700 feet away); Atlanta - Prize of War (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kennesaw.
 
Also see . . .  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on March 15, 2015.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 513 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 5, 2023