Historic Markers Across Georgia

Climax at Cheatham Hill

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park at the parking area at the end of Cheatham Hill Dr, Kennesaw, GA.
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 56.181    W 084° 35.823
  33.93635    -84.59705
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMA3A4
Climax at Cheatham Hill Marker  


Confederate defenders here defeated the main Union assault.

On June 27, 1864, more than 8,000 Union infantrymen attacked an equal number of well-entrenched Confederates along this low-lying hill. One Tennessee veteran compared the assault to "ocean waves driven by a hurricane… sweeping on as if by a irresistible impulse."

The Confederates repulsed the first federal charge. While attempting to rally his eight Union regiments, 27 year old Brig. Gen. Charles G. Harker was shot off his white horse. Although one Federal brigade reached the Confederate lines ¼ mile to your right, Union troops soon retreated in disarray.

About 1/4 mile to the left, two other Union brigades charged toward an angle in the Confederate defenses. This trail follows the Confederate earthworks in the area that both sides later named "The Dead Angle."


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About North Georgia – The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Wikipedia - Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
New Georgia Encyclopedia: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain