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Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Interlocking Defenses

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 19, 2013
1. Interlocking Defenses Marker
Inscription. This artillery redoubt protected part of Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne’s Confederate division. From here Southern trenches zigzagged to the left and right for miles, with cannon batteries placed at key positions. These defense lines could produce a devastating crossfire, more destructive than direct frontal fire.

The Texas brigade that built these earthworks exchanged skirmish fire with Federal troops for a week before the battle. One Texan wrote in his diary, “The bullets go zip zip over our breastworks day and night, making the men bow their heads.”

On June 27, the Federals launched their main assault at the center of the Confederate defenses—½ mile to the left—to try to split the Southern army there. The Confederates were ready.

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Civil War earthworks were often built at angles so that defenders could shoot at an attacker’s flank.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 56.637′ N, 84° 35.87′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker is on Cheatham Hill Drive SW 0.1 miles from Whitlock Avenue NW (Georgia Route 120), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta GA 30064, United States of America.
 
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By Don Morfe, September 19, 2013
2. Interlocking Defenses Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texas Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Humanitarian Act (approx. ¼ mile away); Cheatham Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Federal, Confederate Lines, June 22, 27, 1864. (approx. 0.4 miles away); Climax at Cheatham Hill (approx. half a mile away); Camouflaged Cannons (approx. half a mile away); Field Fortifications (approx. half a mile away); The Dead Angle (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
Also see . . .  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on November 9, 2013.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Brandon Fletcher, October 17, 2008
3. Interlocking Defenses Marker
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By Brandon Fletcher, October 17, 2008
4. Interlocking Defenses Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 329 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 8, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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