Atlanta in Dekalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
An Unexpected Clash
Walker's troops came up Sugar Cr. valley from the S.; Bates's from the high ground eastward. Sweeny's men hastily formed defensively-Rice facing E., Mersy S., the apex of the lines atop the hill where Laird's 14th Ohio Battery was posted & where Murphy High School stands. Blodgett's Missouri Battery H was at Rice's center, facing E. Though greatly outnumbered, Sweeny managed to hold the position, thereby foiling Hardee's thrust at the Federal rear.
Erected 1988 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 044-49.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 44.834′ N, 84° 19.911′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Dekalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Clifton Street SE and Memorial Drive SE (Georgia Route 154), on Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30317, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Atlanta Began Here (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mersy’s Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); Bate’s Battle Line (was approx. ¼ mile away but has been reported missing. ); Sweeny's March South (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wheeler Delays Blair (approx. 0.4 miles away); McPherson's Last Ride (approx. half a mile away); Gresham's Division (approx. half a mile away); Bate's Div. at Terry's Mill Pond (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
More about this marker. Alonzo Crim High School was formerly Murphy High School, as mentioned in the text of the Marker and in the text of Mersy's Brigade Marker.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 17, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,416 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 17, 2008, by Felch Dumas of Decatur, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.