Union 24-Gun Battery at Kennesaw Mountain NBP

James N.

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A "new" development (to me at least) since my last visit to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in 2014 is the opening to park visitors of the site of a Federal 24-gun battery on land across from the twin peaks of Big and Little Kennesaw Mountain. On park brochures previous to this visit, Tour Stop 2 24-Gun Battery has been marked (undeveloped) but happily this is no longer the case, as can be seen above.

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According to the park historian in the NPS Visitor Center this is only one of several other as yet unspoiled, unmarked, and undeveloped artillery positions within the area of Kennesaw Mountain NBP they are understandably reluctant to reveal the locations of.

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These positions are somewhat unusual in that, like in Swedish artist Thure de Thulstrup's painting as issued in the Louis Prang lithograph above showing Maj. Gen. John B. Logan (on the black horse at left center) at Kennesaw, each gun was placed in its own semi-circular lunette. This print depicts the attack by units of Logan's corps during the June 27, 1864 assault on Kennesaw Mountain, ablaze with gunfire and smoke in the background.

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Strangely, Tour Stop 2, which is accessed by a miserable single-lane road, is unmarked; the trail above at this time gives no indication that anything interesting is to be found within the woods in the background and it was only by perseverance that we stumbled upon these very-well-preserved lunettes and the single interpretive marker below.

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Although there are many obvious positions strung out along the ridge like the empty one above, four of them have been "floored" with simulated wooden planks and mounted with four original guns on replica carriages.

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This line of guns includes three iron 3" ordnance rifles as seen in the photos above and below.

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Last of the four original pieces in the line is this handsome 12-pounder bronze Napoleon. The guns are placed roughly in the right center of the entire line.

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