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DeKalb County Historical Markers

An Unexpected Clash


  • Source: Charles Geiger
  • Marker: An Unexpected Clash
  • Location: Clifton St. at Memorial Dr. in Atlanta

AN UNEXPECTED CLASH

July 22, 1864. The attack by Walker’s & Bate’s divs. (Hardee’s A.C.) [CSA] struck the two brigades, Mersy’s & Rice’s, of Sweeny’s 16th A.C. div. [USA] enroute to support the 17th in E. Atlanta.

Walker’s troops came up Sugar Cr., valley from the S.; Bate’s from the high ground eastward.

Sweeny’s men hastily formed defensively – Rice racing E., Mersy S., the apex of the lines atop the hill where Laird’s 14th Ohio Battery was posted & where Murphy High School stands. Blodgett’s Missouri Battery H was at Rice’s center, facing E. Though greatly outnumbered, Sweeny managed to hold the position, thereby foiling Hardee’s thrust at the Federal rear.

044-49 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1988