Historic Markers Across Georgia

Monument to the Fallen

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park at the Illinois Monument a short walk from the parking area at the end of Cheatham Hill Dr, Kennesaw, GA.
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 56.067    W 084° 35.910
  33.93445    -84.5985
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMA3AC
Monument to the Fallen Marker  


Union Veterans erect this memorial 50 years after the battle.

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain on July 27, 1864, caused the Union Army estimated 3,000 killed, wounded, or missing soldiers. The Confederates suffered fewer than 1,000 casualties. After the war, the dead of both sides were reburied in separate cemeteries in nearby Marietta.

Here at the Dead Angle, Col. Daniel McCook's brigade lost 397 men, most of them from Illinois. In 1899, survivors of McCook's brigade bought 60 acres of land here and donated it to the state of Illinois to build a state funded monument. Union veterans dedicated it on July 27, 1914 -- the battle's 50th anniversary.

From this beginning, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has grown to nearly 3,000 acres of the ground the two great armies struggled over so long ago.

Col. Daniel Cook, Jr., loudly recited the popular poem "Horatius Speech" to his troops before leading them into battle where he was mortally wounded.

Years after his death, veterans of his brigade held reunions in honor of "Colonel Dan," as he was known to his men.

the Illinois Monument
Monument to the Fallen


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