Historic Markers Across Georgia



The Battles for Atlanta



Marker ID: GHS 51-8
Location: Carter Presidential Center parking lot
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 46.021    W 084° 21.325
  33.76701666    -84.35541666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMC87Y
The Battles for Atlanta Marker
Photo by David Seibert



Text:

Between July and Sept. 1864, during the American Civil War, U.S. and Confederate armies struggled for control of Atlanta, the major manufacturing center and railroad hub of the Deep South. Four inconclusive battles occurred inside the present-day I-285 perimeter: Peachtree Creek (July 20), Atlanta (July 22, fought in part in the area of this marker), Ezra Church (July 28); and Utoy Creek (August 6). Unwilling to attack the city's strong defenses, U.S. forces swept west and then south and at Jonesboro (Aug. 31- Sept. 1) cut the last railroad supplying Atlanta, forcing the Confederates to abandon the city. The fall of Atlanta on Sept. 2, 1864, assured the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and the final defeat of the Confederacy.

Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development
2010.5 51-8




The Battles for Atlanta
Photo by Ken Moser


Notes:

The marker is numbered incorrectly; it should be 60-8.

Dedicated October 22, 2010

Explore more:
Wikipedia: The Atlanta Campaign

Wikipedia: The Battle of Peachtree Creek
Wikipedia: Battle of Atlanta
Wikipedia: Battle of Ezra Church
Wikipedia: Battle of Utoy Creek
Wikipedia: Second Battle of Dalton
Wikipedia: Battle of Lovejoy's Station
Wikipedia: Battle of Jonesborough

The Civil War in Georgia: To the Chattahoochee River and across
The Civil War in Georgia: Army of the TN moves to cut the August Railroad
The Civil War in Georgia: Skirmishes on Peach Tree Creek
The Civil War in Georgia: Battle of Peachtree Creek
The Civil War in Georgia: Engagement at Bald (or Leggett's) Hill.
The Civil War in Georgia: The Battle of Atlanta
The Civil War in Georgia: The Stoneman Raid
The Civil War in Georgia: Battle of Ezra Church
The Civil War in Georgia: Battle of Utoy Creek
The Civil War in Georgia: Second Battle of Dalton
The Civil War in Georgia: Battle of Lovejoy's Station
The Civil War in Georgia: Battle of Jonesboro
The Civil War in Georgia: After the fall of Atlanta

 

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