Near Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Atlanta Campaign
Sherman marched south to fight the Confederate army and seize its supply center.
In May 1864, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman led his 100,000-man army from Chattanooga, Tennessee, into Georgia. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's 65,000 troops dug in to oppose the Union invasion. As Sherman advanced, the two armies clashed at Rocky Face Ridge, then at Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Pickett's Mill, and Dallas. Although Union attacks failed to dislodge the Confederates, Sherman's swift flanking movements threatened the Southerners' railroad line and forced the Confederates to retreat time and again.
By June 3, the Union army reached Acworth, a railroad town eight miles north of here. But three weeks of hard rains mired Union troops and wagons in the Georgia mud. Without the ability to move his army quickly, Sherman temporarily abandoned his flanking maneuvers and drove straight ahead.
Erected by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park - National Park Service.
Location. 33° 58.591′ N, 84° 34.759′ W. Marker is near Kennesaw, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Kennesaw Mountain Drive 1.6 miles south of Stilesboro Road NW. Touch for map. Marker is located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dueling Cannons (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tribute to Georgian Generals (about 700 feet away); Atlanta - Prize of War (about 800 feet away); Clash at Kennesaw (approx. half a mile away); Peachtree Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away); Federal 15th Corps (approx. ¾ mile away); Johnston's Line East of Kennesaw (approx. 0.8 miles away); Brushy Mountain Line (approx. 1.1 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 March 15, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 6, 2015, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.