Kennesaw in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Assault on Pigeon Hill
Union Attackers failed to split the Confederate army here.
On the morning of June 27, 1864, three brigades totaling 5,500 soldiers from Ohio, Indiana and Illinois charged toward Pigeon Hill. Advancing in battle lines astride Burnt Hickory Road, one Union brigade overran the Georgian held rifle pits near this location while two other brigades crossed Old Mountain Road.
Once beyond the road, the attack ran into felled trees and other Confederate-built obstacles on Pigeon Hill. As the Federals struggled over the obstructions and rough terrain, the well-entrenched Southerners opened fire with musketry and cannon; some Confederates on Little Kennesaw even heaved boulders. The Union troops sought cover at the assault crumbled.
After the battle, George N. Barnard photographed the Union trenches (left) in front of Little Kennesaw Mountain and Pigeon Hill.
By noon the Union forces had withdraw to Old Mountain Road and after dark they returned to their lines. The assault cost the Federals more than 850 killed, wounded, or missing soldiers; the Confederate casualties numbered about 250.
Erected by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, National Park Service.
Location. 33° Touch for map. Located in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta GA 30064, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Kennesaw Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); Kennesaw Spur (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Loganís 15th A.C. Line (about 500 feet away); Gen. J. E. Johnstonís Headquarters (approx. 0.4 miles away); General Leonidas Polk's Headquarters (approx. 0.8 miles away); Gen. O. O. Howardís Headquarters (approx. 1.1 miles away); Federal Troops Occupy Marietta, 1864. (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Atlanta Campaign (approx. 1.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on August 20, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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