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DeKalb County Historical Markers

Battle of Atlanta Began Here


  • Source: Charles Geiger
  • Marker: Battle of Atlanta Began Here
  • Location: Memorial Dr. at Clay St. in Atlanta

BATTLE OF ATLANTA BEGAN HERE

July 22, 1864. Sweeny’s 2nd div., Dodge’s 16th A.C., [USA], having been held in reserve N. of the Ga. R.R. (Candler Park), was ordered to support the left of Blair’s 17th Corps in East Atlanta. Marching via Clay Rd., Sweeny’s column halted here at noon to await further orders. Mersy’s brigade led the advance, followed by Rice’s.

Thus, by mere accident, the two brigades were posted where they intercepted the surprise attack by Walker’s and Bate’s divs. (Hardee’s A.C.) [CSA], aimed at the rear of Blair’s 17th A.C. intrenched along Flat Shoals Rd., 1 mile W. of this point, thereby precipitating the battle.

044-46 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1983