Historic Markers Across Georgia

Wheeler's Cav. Intrenched

Marker ID: GHM 044-66
Location: Moreland Ave at I-20 overpass
County: DeKalb
Coordinates: N 33° 44.691    W 084° 20.966
  33.74485    -84.34943
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM17EQ
Wheeler's Cav. Intrenched Marker  


July 20, 1864. Wheeler´s thin gray line of dismounted cavalry [CSA] was the rt. flank of Atlanta´s defenders. Forced W. from Clay St. in the afternoon by Blair´s 17th A.C., [Union] Wheeler´s line ran S. from the Ga. R.R. to this hill.

July 21. Before dawn, Wheeler was replaced by Cleburne´s div. (Hardee´s A.C.) [CSA] which was shifted from Peachtree Cr. battlefield to meet the advance of the Federals from Decatur.

Blair´s 17th A.C., resuming the offensive, made its main attack upon the hill. Leggett´s div. of the 17th, forced Cleburne´s withdrawal -- thereby gaining a point on Atlanta´s outer defenses -- the eminence known as Leggett´s Hill