Historic Markers Across Georgia

An Unexpected Clash

Marker ID: GHM 044-49
Location: Clifton St at Memorial Drive, East Atlanta
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 44.834    W 084° 19.908
  33.747233    -84.3318
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2DKB
An Unexpected Clash  Marker  


July 22, 1864. The attack by Walker´s & Bate´s divs. (Hardee´s A.C.) [CSA] struck the two brigades, Mersy´s & Rice´s, of Sweeny´s 16th A.C. div. [USA] enroute to support the 17th in E. Atlanta.

Walker´s troops came up Sugar Cr., valley from the S.; Bate´s from the high ground eastward.

Sweeny´s men hastily formed defensively -- Rice racing E., Mersy S., the apex of the lines atop the hill where Laird´s 14th Ohio Battery was posted & where Murphy High School stands. Blodgett´s Missouri Battery H was at Rice´s center, facing E. Though greatly outnumbered, Sweeny managed to hold the position, thereby foiling Hardee´s thrust at the Federal rear.