Monday, June 23, 2014

Kennesaw Mountain

On the way down to Hotlanta for the National History Bee, we stopped by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield as Dudeboy had never toured the battlefield.  The view in the photo above is from atop Kennesaw Mountain and you can see Atlanta on the horizon in the blue distance.

One of the Confederate artillery placements atop Kennesaw Mountain . . . near the overlook.

Original Confederate earthworks still visible on Pigeon Hill.  This was where one of the two attacks by Sherman was repulsed.

Atop Pigeon Hill . . .

The Dead Angle on Cheatham Hill.  It was at this protruding angle in the Confederate lines that the worst of the fighting raged.  The Union troops attacked from across the field in the background to the entrenched works of Johnston's troops.  For the most part, the Union advance was mowed down.  However, amazingly, some reached the earthworks and actually engaged in hand-to-hand combat.

This is the Illinois Monument dedicated in 1914 and is the largest monument on the battlefield.  At the bottom of the photo is the entrance to a tunnel that was being constructed with the intention of setting off a bit of explosives under the Confederate lines.  However, the Confederates withdrew before the tunnel was completed.

The mounded area in the forefront of the photo was where some Union soldiers were caught in a kinda no-mans land.  They threw up a bit of earthworks to help shield them from the Confederate line which was situated just behind where the Illinois Monument is located.  It would have been suicide for many in this situation to retreat, so many suffered out here in the open for a good while.
The grave of an unknown Union soldier near the Dead Angle. 

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