Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
July 22, 1864. Col. August Mersy's brigade of Sweeny's div., 16th A.C. (US) was aligned on the rt. of the div. when it went into action to meet the assault of Walker's div. (CS) advancing up Sugar Creek valley (from Glenwood Ave.).
The left of Mersy's line rested on the hill where Murphy High School stands. The rt. of the line extended S.W. to join Fuller's 4th div., 16th A.C. on the high ground beyond the valley (near McPherson's monument).
Gen. McPherson saw this part of the battlefield from the hill 3/8 mile due W. of this marker (at Memorial Dr. & East Side Ave.) enroute to his rendezvous with death.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-050.)
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° 44.851′ N, 84° 20.145′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Drive SE (County Touch 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. An Unexpected Clash (approx. ¼ mile away); McPherson's Last Ride (approx. ¼ mile away); Gresham's Division (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Atlanta Began Here (approx. 0.3 miles away); Death of McPherson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Ground --1864 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sweeny's March South (approx. half a mile away); Wheeler Delays Blair (approx. half a mile 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 June 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,385 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on July 2, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. Photos: 1. submitted on January 1, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. 2. submitted on June 27, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. 3. submitted on January 1, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. 4, 5. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.