Controlling the Railroads and the River - Fulton Co., GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 33° 51.508 W 084° 27.005
16S E 735898 N 3749389
Quick Description: This interruptive marker is located off of Northgate Dr at the Lovett School, on the road east of the traffic circle (1st street), Atlanta, GA.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 1/17/2015 1:55:58 PM
Waymark Code: WMN86E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
Controlling the Railroads and the River

It was hot and humid along with the Chattahoochee River in July 1864. Union soldiers were sick, tired, and injured from months of fighting. They had followed the Confederate line from Tennessee to Atlanta. The Army of the Cumberland rested, healed, in resupplied it Vinings station.

General Sherman made plans to take Atlanta, just 8 miles away. Union armies were destroyed the cities in industries and railroad lines supplied the Confederacy.

The Chattahoochee River offered the last natural barrier before the city. Pace’s Ferry, a mile south of Vinings, provided a shallow, narrow crossing. Throughout July, there were artillery shelling’s and rifle skirmishes across the river. Pontoon boats of Union soldiers crossed the River on July 17. Soldiers, supplies, and artillery moved through the Vinings train station in along Pace’s Ferry Road to wage major battles for Atlanta.

two pictures of union generals
General John W Geary, who commanded the Second Division, Twentieth Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, during the Atlanta campaign.

Colonel David Ireland of the 137th New York volunteer infantry Regiment. Served as commander of the Third Brigade, Second Division, Twentieth Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, while occupying the Pace’s Ferry earthworks.

(lower left – map)
  • Mount Wilkerson (Vinings mountain) Sherman first Sault Atlanta
  • Vinings station
  • Hardy Pace House Union Field Hospital and Sherman’s Temporary Headquarters
  • purported location of Trading Rock
  • Union Troops crossed the Chattahoochee River first at Roswell and Soap Creek forcing the southern line at Pace’s Ferry (Lovett) to withdraw or face being flanked.
  • Location of old Pace’s Ferry and Union pontoon bridge

Type of Marker: Other

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