Historic Markers Across Georgia

Camouflaged Cannons

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° 56.168    W 084° 35.827
  33.93613333    -84.59711666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMA30Q
Camouflaged Cannons Marker  


Tennessee cannoneers positioned two 12 pounder howitzers within this redoubt. Major Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham ordered these artillery crews to camouflage the earthen mounds with cut underbrush and to hold their fire unless attacked. For the next week, they under cover as Union bombardments tried to weaken the Confederate lines.

On the morning of June 27, a Union barrage preceded close packed Federal attackers. The gunners here waited silently as blue-clad columns pushed through dense forests despite Confederate small arms fire. Finally, at point blank range, the cannon crews opened fire. Flying canisters stunned the federal lines, and according to one Confederate officer, "did great execution."

Confederate artillery crews normally consisted of a gunner in charge of seven and cannoneers.

Well-trained crews could reload and shoot four times a minute.


Civil War in Georgia - Battle of Kennesaw Mountain