Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta

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Pictures and commentary from Eb Joseph Daniels

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Lt. General John Bell Hood's Atlanta headquarters was the Leyden House, a stately white-columned home on Peachtree Street near what is now Andrew Young International Boulevard.

His field headquarters, however, was a two-story house on the edge of Oakland Cemetery. The home was later demolished and the cemetery extended, but it was from this vantage point that Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta unfold.

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Leyden House

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Marker for where Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta. — at Historic Oakland Cemetery.

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Most of the Confederate soldiers who died during the Atlanta Campaign and the Battle of Atlanta were hastily buried in the trenches in which they fought. Their bodies were later recovered and reburied by the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association, and in 1894 the ALMA erected the Lion of Atlanta to serve as guardian for these over 3,000 unknown Confederate dead. — at Historic Oakland Cemetery.

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Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association marker for the Confederate dead at Oakland Cemetery — at Historic Oakland Cemetery.

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The Atlanta Confederate Memorial Obelisk was completed in 1874 by the Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association and honors all of the Confederate soldiers who hailed from and fought around Atlanta. — at Historic Oakland Cemetery.

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Brigadier General Alfred Iverson, Jr. hailed from Clinton, Georgia and enlisted in the Army of Northern Virginia. During the Battle of Gettysburg, however, he allowed one of his regiments, the 23rd North Carolina, to fall into an ambush - the men were massacred because Iverson had allowed them to march into a trap, but Iverson insisted that his men were simply cowards.

Iverson was dismissed from the Army of Northern Virginia, and he eventually found his way into command of a cavalry brigade in the Army of Tennessee. While serving under Major General Joseph Wheeler, he was instrumental in capturing Federal Major General George Stoneman and his men while on a raid in the vicinity of Macon, Georgia. Iverson was also a member of Wheeler's command during the Battle of Decatur. — at Historic Oakland Cemetery.
 
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