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- Feb 23, 2013
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Two photos this time to tell the story... As stated before, I was married atop Kennesaw Mountain in August, 1968, when these photos were also taken. Since today is the anniversary of the Battle of Peachtree Creek, first of the battles for Atlanta in 1864, I thought I'd post a couple of photos of related sites we visited the next day after our wedding. The one above is now amost meaningless, even to me because I stupidly failed to note on the back exactly where it was taken, but I'll describe it in relation to the one below. The historical marker is titled DEATH OF McPHERSON and along with the upright cannon marks the spot where Union Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson was killed on July 22 during the Battle of Atlanta; as can be seen, during the early twentieth century what had been a wooded hilltop outside the city was engulfed by housing additions, leaving the monument isolated in somebody's front yard and surrounded by housing.
Before our trip I had made an overlay of the battlesites and siege lines on a modern highway map of Atlanta and so was able to find this and at least see where the battles of Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, and Ezra Church had been fought. As close as I can remember now over the passage of 49 years, the site above was taken in the vicinity of a wartime obstacle called Terry's Mill Pond, around which the Confederate divisions of Pat Cleburne and William H. T. Walker were forced to maneuver, thereby slowing their attack. Near here there is another monument similar to the one below showing where Walker was killed leading his men. Little did I suspect then that my great-great grandfather Jasper Blair may well have been through these very same woods, which no doubt have since disappeared beneath I-20 which has been cut through the heart of the battlefield!