Historic Markers Across Georgia

The Atlanta Campaign

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park on the top of Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw, GA.
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 58.591    W 084° 34.758
  33.97651666    -84.5793
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMA3AG
The Atlanta Campaign Marker  


Sherman marched south to fight the Confederate Army and siege its supply center.

In May 1864, Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman led his 100,000-man army from Chattanooga, Tennessee, into Georgia. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's 65,000 troops dug in to oppose the Union invasion. As Sherman advanced, the two armies clashed at Rocky Face Ridge, then at Resaca, Cassville, New Hope Church, Pickett's Mill, and Dallas. Although Union attacks failed to dislodge the Confederates, Sherman's swift flanking movements threaten the Southerners' railroad line and forced the Confederates to retreat time and again.

By June 3, the Union Army reached Acworth, a railroad town eight miles north of here. But three weeks of hard rains mired Union troops and wagons in the Georgian mud. Without the ability to move his army quickly, Sherman temporarily banned and his flanking maneuvers and drove straight ahead.

for two weeks Sherman's thrusts pressured Johnston's thin, ten-mile line of defenses until the Confederates fell back to Kennesaw Mountain on June 19. From this natural stronghold, Johnston's army dug in to protect the railroads and roads to Atlanta.


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