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Battle of Atlanta Began Here

Marker ID: GHM 044-46
Location: Clay Street at Memorial Drive, East Atlanta
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 44.854    W 084° 19.831
  33.747566    -84.33051
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM6XMQ
Battle of Atlanta Began Here  Marker  


July 22, 1864. Sweeny´s 2nd div., Dodge´s 16th A.C., [USA], having been held in reserve N. of the Ga. R.R. (Candler Park), was ordered to support the left of Blair´s 17th Corps in East Atlanta. Marching via Clay Rd., Sweeny´s column halted here at noon to await further orders. Mersy´s brigade led the advance, followed by Rice´s.

Thus, by mere accident, the two brigades were posted where they intercepted the surprise attack by Walker´s and Bate´s divs. (Hardee´s A.C.) [CSA], aimed at the rear of Blair´s 17th A.C. intrenched along Flat Shoals Rd., 1 mile W. of this point, thereby precipitating the battle.