Union Defense Line

Union Defense Line (HM6ZH)

Location: Atlanta, GA 30327 Fulton County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 51.51', W 84° 27.019'

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In August 1864, after four weeks of siege operations, Maj. Gen. W. T. Sherman withdrew his forces to move them secretly around Atlanta on a wide circuit beyond East Point and destroy the railroad at Jonesboro. He had found Atlanta's fortifications too strong to assault, and so long as that railroad could supply the Confederate Army of Tennessee, they could hold the city.

Late on the 25th, before moving the rest of his army, Sherman withdrew the 20th Corps from his siege line to positions near the river to protect his supplies and communication. William's division, in the center, covered the railroad bridge (Bolton). Ward's division covered Turner's Ferry, (Bankhead Highway Bridge). Geary's division covered Pace's Ferry, his three brigades abreast, his right joined with William's left north of Peachtree Creek.

Ireland's brigade (N.Y. and PA. Troops) and Bundy's 13th N.Y. Battery occupied this line. Believing that Sherman had given up hope of Atlanta, and that Ireland was posted here to cover a retreat across the river at Pace's Ferry, Confederate cavalry began attacking here at noon on the 26th. Repeated assaults failing, they withdrew, their force being too small to carry these strong, manned earthworks.
HM NumberHM6ZH
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number060-128
Year Placed1984
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
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Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 5:52pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 735877 N 3749392
Decimal Degrees33.85850000, -84.45031667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 51.51', W 84° 27.019'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 51' 30.60" N, 84° 27' 1.14" W
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Area Code(s)678, 404, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3901-4051 Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30327, US
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