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

Field Fortifications

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

 
 
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By Don Morfe, September 19, 2013
1. Field Fortifications Marker
Inscription. Confederate engineers and work crews started digging earthworks around Kennesaw Mountain a few days before their army fell back to this position on June 19. For the next week Southern soldiers improved their earthwork defenses despite constant rain.

The Southerner dug deep, throwing the dirt toward the Union side of the trenches. The earthen wall—called a parapet—was topped with a braced log, leaving an open space beneath it for soldiers to shoot through. Fighting from behind these defenses, the Confederates held a great advantage over the attacking Federals during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27, 1864.

Today within Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 11 miles of shallow ditches remain from those formidable earthworks. Help preserve these fragile resources by staying on the park’s trails.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 33° 56.167′ N, 84° 35.833′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Cheatam Hill Drive SW 0.7 miles south of 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
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By Don Morfe, September 19, 2013
2. Field Fortifications Marker
within walking distance of this marker. Camouflaged Cannons (a few steps from this marker); Climax at Cheatham Hill (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dead Angle (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Assault Falters (about 700 feet away); Illinois Monument (about 700 feet away); Monument to the Fallen (about 700 feet away); A Humanitarian Act (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
Also see . . .  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. (Submitted on November 10, 2013.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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By Duane Hall, May 25, 2015
3. Field Fortifications Marker
View to southwest from parking area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 376 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 9, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on June 16, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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