Historic Markers Across Georgia

Captain Peter Simonson 5th Indiana Battery

Marker ID: Cobb 
Location: Sullivan's Hill, 972 Frank Kirk Road
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 58.606    W 084° 38.583
  33.976767    -84.643058
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM44ZF
Captain Peter Simonson 5th Indiana Battery  Marker  


Acting chief of artillery for the 1st Division (4th Army Corps), Simonson on June 16, 1864 was busy entrenching here a 4-gun battery of artillery when he was killed by a Confederate bullet. The Confederate was perhaps a sharpshooter armed with an English made rifle with scope known as a Whitworth. The Whitworth fired a sixsided bullet that could kill a target one-half mile away. However, the two armies were within a few hundred feet of each other at this point, so it is not unreasonable to believe he could have been killed by a common Confederate rifleman.