Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Atlanta - Prize of War
Sherman aimed for the South's manufacturing and railroad hub.
Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman had two objectives during his Georgia campaign of 1864; defeat the Confederate army, and damage the South's war arsenals. By capturing Atlanta, he could do both.
Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston intended to delay or stop Sherman. Kennesaw Mountain offered Johnston a strong defensive position from which to draw Sherman's larger army into battle.
The fate of Atlanta - with its citizens, factories, armories, warehouses, and railroads - hung in the balance.
The northern Georgia landscape of 1864 (above) consisted of dense woods, boggy creeks, dirt roads, and sparsely settled towns. One Federal general called it a "wilderness of mire." Just beyond lay Atlanta (left) - the industrial and transportation hub of the southeast.
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 year for this entry is 1864.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, 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. Tribute to Georgian Generals (within shouting distance of this marker); Dueling Cannons (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Fall of Atlanta (about 800 feet away); The Atlanta Campaign (about 800 feet away); Atlanta Falls (about 800 feet away); The Atlanta Campaign ~ 1864 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trading Hard Blows (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Comes To Kennesaw (approx. 0.2 miles 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 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 10, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 522 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 10, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.