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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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The Kennesaw Mountain Sesquicentennial

This Friday will mark the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The National Park Service will be commemorating the engagement with a number of living history programs, real-time walking tours, and other events. You can check out the … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Artillery on the Mountain

On top of Little Kennesaw Mountain, Guibor’s (pronounced Gee-Beau) Missouri Battery was fortified on the rocky heights. The following accounts are from an incident that occurred on June 23rd. It was fairly typical of the action.

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The Kennesaw Line: The Battle of LaFayette

The Battle of LaFayette, Georgia, is the forgotten battle of the Atlanta Campaign. It is one of the oddest battles of the Civil War, as well—a battle that pitted a force of Confederates against a force of Southern Unionists. It … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: In Memory of Frederick Bartleson

We all have our stories—some of them are long, some are short—and we all have our graves. Thus 150 years ago today, one of my favorite stories from the Civil War ended on the Kennesaw Line, that being the life … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: A Casualty at Kolb Farm

Among those who fell under the iron hail at Kolb Farm was 40-year-old Colonel Calvin Harvey Walker of the 3rd Tennessee Infantry of Cook’s Tennessee Brigade. Walker, known to his men as “Old Ballie,” was described by a soldier in … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: The Battle of Kolb Farm

The line defensive line that Joe Johnston established beneath the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain presented Sherman with the largest obstacle he had yet faced in his drive to Atlanta, and he noted that it was “unusually strong.” Johnston’s right flank … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: The “Long Arm” Gets a Little Shorter Yet Again

As the Army of Tennessee settled into its new line along the imposing heights of Kennesaw Mountain and Sherman’s armies approached, the continued threat of death from Sharpshooters and cannon Fire continued. Falling today 150 years ago on this line … Continue reading

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