“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Dueling Cannons

Dueling Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, February 7, 2015
1. Dueling Cannons Marker

On June 19, Capt. Charles L. Lumsden's Alabama battery on Big Kennesaw Mountain hit a railroad water tower, "scattering both water and nearby Yankees" — lucky shooting for smoothbore Napoleon cannon. But after the Confederates fired at the 1st Minnesota Battery on Brushy Mountain, one mile north, the Rebel gunners were pounded by the Northerners' accurate, long-range rifled guns. After dark, the Confederates dragged their own rifled cannon up the mountain and positioned them on the peak.

Despite steady rainfall, the Federals and Confederates bombarded each other intermittently day and night for a week. Although the cannonades inflicted little damage on either side, their intensity provoked one Federal to write, "I never saw such firing in a rainstorm or a worse mud hole."

Caption: “Kennesaw’s Bombardment,” attributed to illustrator Alfred R. Waud
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 June 1863.
Dueling Cannons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Lee Hattabaugh, February 7, 2015
2. Dueling Cannons Marker
viewed looking approximately north from the trail toward the cannon near the marker.
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33° 58.646′ N, 84° 34.694′ 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. Marker is on the trail leading to the top of Kennesaw Mountain. Parking is available at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park visitor center and you can either walk the trail to the crest of 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. Tribute to Georgian Generals (within shouting distance of this marker); Atlanta - Prize of War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Atlanta Campaign (about 500 feet away); The Fall of Atlanta (about 500 feet away); Atlanta Falls (about 500 feet away); The Atlanta Campaign ~ 1864 (about 600 feet away); Trading Hard Blows (about 600 feet away); War Comes To Kennesaw (about 600 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 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 551 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on March 16, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. 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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