Camouflaged Cannons

Camouflaged Cannons (HM1BU3)

Location: Marietta, GA 30064 Cobb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 56.173', W 84° 35.823'

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Tennessee cannoneers positioned two 12-pounder howitzers within this redoubt. Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham ordered these artillery crews to camouflage the earthen mounds with cut underbrush and to hold their fire unless attacked. For the next week, they kept under cover as Union bombardments tried to weaken the Confederate lines.

On the morning of June 27, a Union barrage preceded close-packed Federal attackers. The gunners here waited silently as blue-clad columns pushed through the dense forest despite Confederate small arms fire. Finally, at pointblank range, the cannon crews opened fire. Flying canister stunned the Federal lines and, according to one Confederate officer, "did great execution."

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Confederate artillery crews normally consisted of a gunner in charge of seven cannoneers.
Well-trained crews could reload and shoot four times a minute.
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HM NumberHM1BU3
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 722097 N 3757684
Decimal Degrees33.93621667, -84.59705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 56.173', W 84° 35.823'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 56' 10.38" N, 84° 35' 49.38" W
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Area Code(s)678, 404, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 310 Kolb's Farm E, Marietta GA 30064, US
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