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DeKalb County Historical Markers

Rice’s Brigade


  • Source: Charles Geiger
  • Marker: Rice’s Brigade
  • Location: Memorial Dr. near Clay St. in Atlanta

RICE’S BRIGADE

July 22, 1864. Gen. E. W. Rice’s brigade [USA] was hastily deployed in open ground to meet the attack by Bate’s div. [CSA] The 66th Ind. was posted on the hill (Murphy High School) adjacent to Laird’s 14th Ohio Battery; leftward, to & along Clay Rd., were the 2d & 7th Iowa regts. with Blodgett’s 1st Mo. Battery H between them – the 52d Ill. in reserve. These troops faced East.

The rt. angular alignment of Rice’s & Mersy’s brigades, together with the timely placement of artillery at the apex, on a commanding hill, resolved a critical situation brought about by the absence of cavalry on the left & rear of McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee.

044-48 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956