East Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Death of McPherson
The monument in the enclosure was erected by U.S. Army Engineers to mark the site where Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson was killed during the Battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864.
McPherson rode S. from the Ga. R.R. when he heard firing in Sugar Cr. valley, where the rear attack by Walker's & Bate's divs. (CS) fell upon Dodge's 16th A.C. After pausing to observe this part of the battle, he galloped towards the left of the 17th A.C. (Flat Shoals & Glenwood), on a road through the pines. At this point he was assailed by skirmishers of Cleburne's Div.; (CS) refusing to surrender he was shot while attempting to escape.
Erected 1956 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 044-45.)
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° 44.648′ N, 84° 20.478′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. It is in East Atlanta. Marker is at the intersection of McPherson Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30316, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Ground --1864 (here, next to this marker); Cleburne's Div. in the Federal Rear (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gresham's Division (approx. ¼ mile away); McPherson's Last Ride (approx. ¼ mile away); Cleburne Outflanked Left Wing, 17th A.C. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler's Cav. Intrenched (approx. half a mile away); Leggett's Hill (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Regarding Death of McPherson. The route taken by McPherson from the McPherson's Last Ride Marker is bisected by Interstate 20 and can no longer be retraced.
Also see . . . James B. McPherson. Wikipedia biography (Submitted on January 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 2, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 5,706 times since then and 206 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. 3. submitted on January 1, 2011, by Michael Dover of Ellerslie, Georgia. 4, 5. submitted on July 2, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. 6. submitted on August 22, 2015. 7. submitted on January 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.