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The Battle of Ezra Church - Plaque 1

Location: At the east end of Mozley Park, on Martin Luther King Dr, Atlanta, GA.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.202    W 084° 26.211
  33.753367    -84.436850
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM7K55
The Battle of Ezra Church - Plaque 1 Marker  


The Battle
of Ezra Church
July 28, 1864

The Battle of Ezra Church was the third of three desperate Confederate attacks on the forces of Maj. Gen. Wm. T. Sherman, which were closing in on Atlanta. The battle lines formed an irregular V extending southeast from the northwest corner of the happy Haven Nursing Home grounds (Battle Hill Sanitarium), on the Union right, through those grounds and the Frank L. Stanton School grounds, and on across Mozley Drive, at Racine Street, to the intersection of Archer Street and Laurel Avenue. There it turned sharply northeast along old Chapel Road (obliterated save for a few yards north from this site, recrossed Mozley Drive, padded east of Ezra Church (which occupied this site), and crossed the ACL RR west of Chappell Road. The left of the battle line rested some 200 yards north of the railroad. Although heavy fighting occurred here along the Old Chapel Road, and at the strong salient formed by the point of the V, at Archer and Laurel, the most determined Confederate attacks were directed at the right of the Union position, entrenched on Battle Hill, and all along the line extending from the nursing home grounds to the Frank L. Stanton School.

The Preliminary Operations

Almost three months of fighting had preceded the Battle of Ezra Church. After 70 days of slow retreat from Dalton (88 miles north of Atlanta), forcing Sherman´s men to fight for every mile, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston´s Confederate Army of Tennessee (Hardee´s, Hood´s and Stewart´s Corp, and Wheeler´s cavalry corps) had crossed the Chattahoochee River at Bolton late on July 9th and retired toward Atlanta.

Georgia Historic Commission - Georgia Civil War Centennial Commission


Battle Summary: Ezra Church CWSAC

Battle of Ezra Church - Wikipedia