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This Day in Georgia History

June 27, 1864

Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

Northwest of Marietta, General William T. Sherman launched a morning frontal attack on Confederate forces at Kennesaw Mountain. Almost 2,200 Union soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured, while Confederate casualties amounted to less than 600. In the Union defeat, 30 officers were killed - including Gen. Charles G. Harker. The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain continued at reduced levels of fighting until the evening of July 2, when both sides withdrew.