Atlanta - Prize of War

Atlanta - Prize of War (HM1JK8)

Location: Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 58.675', W 84° 34.647'

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Sherman aimed for the South's manufacturing and railroad hub.

Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman had two objectives during his Georgia campaign of 1864; defeat the Confederate army, and damage the South's war arsenals. By capturing Atlanta, he could do both.

Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston intended to delay or stop Sherman. Kennesaw Mountain offered Johnston a strong defensive position from which to draw Sherman's larger army into battle.

The fate of Atlanta - with its citizens, factories, armories, warehouses, and railroads - hung in the balance.

PHOTO CAPTION
The northern Georgia landscape of 1864 (above) consisted of dense woods, boggy creeks, dirt roads, and sparsely settled towns. One Federal general called it a "wilderness of mire." Just beyond lay Atlanta (left) - the industrial and transportation hub of the southeast.
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HM NumberHM1JK8
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Placed ByKennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park - National Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, March 15th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 723800 N 3762352
Decimal Degrees33.97791667, -84.57745000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 58.675', W 84° 34.647'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 58' 40.5" N, 84° 34' 38.82" W
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Area Code(s)404, 770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Kennesaw Mountain Dr, Marietta GA 30060, US
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