Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Assault Falters
Beaten federals entrenched within 30 yards of the Confederate earthworks.
As the Union attack stalled, two surviving Federal colonels hastily discussed retreat. Realizing that withdrawal under heavy fire would invite more bloodshed, they decided to dig in along this brow of the hill not covered by fire from the Confederates earthworks only 30 yards away.
While half of the Federals fired towards the earthworks, the rest furiously scooped shallow trenches with their bayonets and tin cups. After nightfall, the Federals brought up tools from the rear and built two lines of entrenchments.
With the next six days, both sides exchanged sniper fire, expecting an attack at any moment. Only a seven-hour truce to bury the dead on June 29 interrupted this tense stalemate.
As the standoff continued, the Federals started a tunnel here, intending to blow up the Southern earthworks on July 4. But during the night of July 2, the Confederates quietly slipped away, forced to retreat as Sherman's Union Army outflanked them again. A small stone arch, erected in 1914, marks the tunnel entrance.
Erected by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 33° 56.072′ N, 84° 35.914′ W. Marker is in Kennesaw, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Cheatam Hill Drive SW 0.6 miles south of Dallas Road SW (Georgia Route 120), on the right when traveling south. Located in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Illinois Monument (a few steps from this marker); Monument to the Fallen (a few steps from this marker); The Dead Angle (a few steps from this marker); Field Fortifications (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Camouflaged Cannons (about 800 feet away); Climax at Cheatham Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCook's Brigade (approx. 0.4 miles away); Five Federal Brigades (approx. 0.4 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 August 20, 2015.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 19, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.