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The Battle of Peachtree Creek Plaque 1 - July 20, 1864

Location: At the entrance to Tanyard Creek Park on Collier Rd.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 48.626    W 084° 24.189
  33.810433    -84.403150
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM7MR5
The Battle of Peachtree Creek Plaque 1 - July 20, 1864 Marker  


The battle of Peachtree Creek was the first of three desperate Confederate attacks on the armies commanded by Maj. General Wm. T. Sherman which were closing in on Atlanta. Although heavy skirmishing occurred between the Federal right and the Confederate left, which extended west to Moore´s Mill Road, and other forces were engaged east of Atlanta, the actual battle was fought along a two - mile front extending from Clear Creek (east of Brookwood Hills) to Howell Mill Road along Collier and Northfleet raods, one of the most costly here along Tanyard Branch at Collier Mill. After 70 days of slow retreat Dalton (88 miles N.), forcing the enemy 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) crossed the Chattahoochee River at Bolton late on July 9th and retires toward Atlanta. Although Atlanta was encircled by 12 miles of forts and parapets which Sherman termed "unassailable", Johnston was not ready to use them. He watched closely for the time when Sherman´s stronger forces would cross upriver to approach Atlanta beyond mutual support. Now he sensed that Sherman left wing would cross upriver to approach Atlanta from the east while his right wing crossed near Peachtree Creek. While they were miles apart, he planned to attack the exposed right wing.

Georgia Historic Commission - Georgia Civil War Centennial Commission
Place 1964


Maker style - Mounted Plaque - one of 6 plaques located here.

The Battle of Peachtree Creek by Col. Samuel Taylor U.S.M.C. (Ret.)

Battle Summary: Peachtree Creek, CWSAC

Battle of Peachtree Creek - Wikipedia

Tanyard Creek Park - Buckhead