Historic Markers Across Georgia

Wheeler Delays Blair

Marker ID: GHM 044-42B
Location: Boulevard Drive east of Clay St, East Atlanta
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 45.196    W 084° 19.817
  33.753266    -84.33028
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2DKK
Wheeler Delays Blair  Marker  


McPheson´s Army of the Tenn. [Federal] seized Decatur July 19, 1864 & on the 20th moved toward Atlanta in two columns ~ the 15th and 16th A.C. via the Ga. R.R. and the 17th by roads S. of it. Where Wheeler´s Cav. [Confederate] guarding the right of Atlanta´s outer defense line was posted.

Wheeler encountered Blair´s 17th A.C. at Clay St. & in a contest lasting all afternoon, endeavored to halt it ~ both forces using artillery. Toward evening, Wheeler withdrew W. to Leggett´s Hill where he was relieved at midnight by Cleburn´s div. (of Hardee´s Corp) [Confederate] which had been withdrawn from the engagement at Peachtree Creek for this purpose.

GHM 044-42 - Georgia Historical Commission - 1956