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Fulton County Historical Markers

Geary’s Division


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Geary’s Division
  • Location: Collier Rd. at Walthall Dr., Atlanta

GEARY’S DIVISION

July 20, 1864. Gen. J.W. Geary’s 2d div., 20th A.C. [Union] occupied this ridge which was some 300 yds. in advance of Williams’ 1st div. on his rt., & Ward’s 3d, on his left – all facing southward.

His three brigades: Candy’s, Jones’ & Ireland’s were massed on the ridge together with Aleshire’s artillery. These troops were from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Ohio; most of them had served under Geary at Gettysburg.

This commanding ridge, overlook Tanyard Branch valley, was the critical point of the Federal position – the objective of Confederate assaults by Walthall’s & Loring’s divs. of Stewart’s A.C. [Confederate] on the Federal center.

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