Historic Markers Across Georgia

Sweeny's March South

Marker ID: GHM 044-38
Location: Clay Street south of Boulevard Drive, East Atlanta
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 45.192    W 084° 19.821
  33.7532    -84.33035
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2DK8
Sweeny's March South Marker  


July 22, 1864. Sweeny´s 16th A.C. div., ordered to support the left of the Federal line in E. Atlanta, was shifted from its camp of the previous night, N. of the Georgia Railroad. It marched S. on the Clay Road (now Clay St).

These troops had been ordered to destroy the R.R. back to Decatur but McPherson requested them as reinforcement to his left, since his cavalry (Garrard´s) had been sent eastward.

Passing the Jesse Clay plantation, near this point, Sweeny´s troops moved S. to the present intersection of Memorial Drive where they halted for further instructions -- at the fateful moment of Hardee´s surprise attack.

GHM 044-38 - Georgia Historical Commission - 1956