Historic Markers Across Georgia

Rice's Brigade

Marker ID: GHM 044-48
Location: Memorial Drive near Clay St, East Atlanta
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 44.856    W 084° 19.831
  33.7476    -84.33051666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2DH8
Rice's Brigade Marker  


July 22, 1864. Gen. E. W. Rice´s brigade [USA] was hastily deployed in open ground to meet the attack by Bate´s div. [CSA] The 66th Ind. was posted on the hill (Murphy High School) adjacent to Laird´s 14th Ohio Battery; leftward, to & along Clay Rd., were the 2d & 7th Iowa regts. with Blodgett´s 1st Mo. Battery H between them -- the 52d Ill. in reserve. These troops faced East.

The rt. angular alignment of Rice´s & Mersy´s brigades, together with the timely placement of artillery at the apex, on a commanding hill, resolved a critical situation brought about by the absence of cavalry on the left & rear of McPherson´s Army of the Tennessee.