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On Location: Atop Kennesaw Mountain

On June 19, 1864, Joseph Johnston’s Army of Tennessee slipped into its strongest defensive position of the Atlanta Campaign: Kennesaw Mountain. I went On Location, at the mountain’s crest, to take a look for myself; I also had the opportunity … Continue reading

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Symposium Spotlight: Lee White

Lee White spends most days at Chickamauga and Chattanooga, where he works as a park ranger, but this summer, at the Fourth Annual Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge, Lee will make a foray into the Georgia interior. His … Continue reading

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Day One: Kennesaw Mountain

Part one in a series The first thing we notice at the base of Kennesaw Mountain is a restaurant offering “Ice cold margaritas” in big white letters across its bright red roof. In the background, Kennesaw peeks out from behind … Continue reading

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“Bitter” Bierce

Among the men missing from the roles of the Army of the Cumberland after the Kennesaw Line was twenty-two-year-old Lt. Ambrose Bierce. Bierce is famous for his dark and disturbing writings, the most famous of which, An Occurrence at Owl … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: “Save Yourselves, Boys!”

As the main attack of the XV Corps moved forward, one of the most savage actions of the fight on the north end of the Kennesaw line occurred in the diversion assault launched by the Army of the Tennessee. In … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: “Boys, This is Butchery”

Along the front of the 1st Arkansas at Kennesaw, the slaughter was terrible as they poured fire into the ranks of Charlie Harker’s Federal command. Amongst all of this savagery one incident occurs that is startling considering the nature of … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Eyewitness at the Dead Angle

The fighting at the Dead Angle on Cheatham Hill was some of the most brutal in the Civil War, similar to the vicious fight at Spotsylvania Court House. Captain James Hall of the 9th Tennessee Infantry gave a graphic account … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Charles Harker and the “tornado of fire”

Newton’s right brigade was led forward on the fateful morning of June 27 by 27-year-old Brig. Gen. Charles Garrison Harker, a charismatic, handsome, and talented young New Jersey native. Harker had become a stand-out in the Army of the Cumberland … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Hell Breaks Loose in Georgia

The focus of General Thomas’s attack was the angle in the Confederate line manned by troops of Gen. Frank Cheatham’s Tennessee Division. Thomas intended to break the line and push on toward Marietta—a move that could rip Johnston’s army in … Continue reading

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Planning the Assault on Kennesaw Mountain

After Kolb Farm, Sherman pushed and tested Johnston’s Lines at Kennesaw, but was unable to find a way to flank it. Frustrated, he decided it was time to attack the line he couldn’t outflank. He sent out orders to each … Continue reading

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