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DeKalb County Historical Markers

McPherson’s Last Ride


  • Source: Charles Geiger
  • Marker: McPherson’s Last Ride
  • Location: Memorial Dr. near East Side Ave. in Atlanta

McPHERSON’S LAST RIDE

July 22, 1864. When Gen. McPheson heard the firing to the S.E. while at luncheon (Whitefoord Ave. at R.R.), he mounted his horse & sending away most of his staff on various missions, galloped south to this hill.

Here, he observed Dodge’s 16th A.C. troops in desperate combat with Bate’s & Walker’s divs. [CSA] in Sugar Cr. valley. Anxious about the left of the 17th A.C. (at Glenwood & Flat Shoals), he proceeded on a road through the pines in that direction, accompanied by an orderly, & Signal Officer, Wm. Sherfy, who reluctantly followed after vainly warning the general that Confederate troops had seized the road.

044-44 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956