Historic Markers Across Georgia

Atlanta - Prize of War

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park at the parking area at the end of Kennesaw Mountain Rd, Kennesaw, GA.
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 58.670    W 084° 34.647
  33.97783333    -84.57745
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMA30G
Atlanta - Prize of War Marker  


Sherman aimed for the South's Manufacturing and railroad hub.

Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman had two objectives during his Georgia campaign of 1864: defeat the Confederate army, and damage to South's war arsenals. By capturing Atlanta, he could do both.

Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston intended to delay or stop Sherman. Kennesaw Mountain offered Johnson a strong defensive position from which to draw Sherman's larger army into battle.

The fate of Atlanta - with its citizens, factories, armories, warehouses, and railroads - hung in the balance.


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