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Union Defense Line

 
 
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By David Seibert, April 13, 2008
1. Union Defense Line Marker
Inscription. In August 1864, after four weeks of siege operations, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman withdrew his forces to move them secretly around Atlanta on a wide circuit beyond East Point and destroy the railroad at Jonesboro. He had found Atlanta's fortifications too strong to assault, and so long as that railroad could supply the Confederate Army of Tennessee, they could hold the city.

Late on the 25th, before moving the rest of his army, Sherman withdrew the 20th Corps from his siege line to positions near the river to protect his supplies and communication. Williamís division, in the center, covered the railroad bridge (Bolton). Wardís division covered Turner's Ferry, (Bankhead Highway Bridge). Geary's division covered Pace's Ferry, his three brigades abreast, his right joined with William's left north of Peachtree Creek.

Ireland's brigade (N.Y. and PA. Troops) and Bundy's 13th N.Y. Battery occupied this line. Believing that Sherman had given up hope of Atlanta, and that Ireland was posted here to cover a retreat across the river at Pace's Ferry, Confederate cavalry began attacking here at noon on the 26th. Repeated assaults failing, they withdrew, their force being too small to carry these strong, manned earthworks.
 
Erected 1984 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 060-128.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 51.51′ N, 84° 27.019′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Lovett Schools Entrance 0.2 miles east of Northgate Drive, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the campus of the Lovett Schools. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30327, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Palmerís & Hookerís A.C. Cross the Chattahoochee (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Paceís Ferry Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Errant Pontoon Bridge: Paces Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Paceís Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named The 14th & 20th A.C. Cross at Pace's Ferry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Federal Right Wing (approx. 0.8 miles away); Paces Ferry United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); The 4th Corps Posted Along the River (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,124 times since then and 59 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on August 30, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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