Historic Markers Across Georgia

A Humanitarian Act

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: Located at the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park on Cheatham Hill Dr, Kennesaw, GA.
County: Cobb
Coordinates: N 33° 56.421    W 084° 35.884
  33.94035    -84.59806666
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: WMA30C
A Humanitarian Act Marker  


After each Union assault on June 27, hundreds of casualties were left between the lines. By afternoon wounded Union soldiers lying hapless near faced a new danger; flames, started by the battle's gunfire, crept steadily toward them.

Lt. Col. William P. Martin, commanding the 1st & 15th Consolidated Arkansas Regiment, jumped onto the earthworks and ordered his Confederates to cease fire. Waving a white flag of truce, Martin shouted to the Federals, "Come and remove your wounded. They are burning to death." For a brief time, Northern and Southerners alike rescued the wounded and put out the fires.

The next day, Union officers presented Colonel Martin with a pair of Colt revolvers in appreciation for his humanitarian act.

The Famed Truce on Cheatham Hill by Alfred R. Waud
A Humanitarian Act


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