Civil War Interest

The Civil War

There are places that need no historical marker because they are haunted; haunted by the spirits of men in blue and gray, now a part of the soil they fought over.  If you stand quietly and listen, you can sense the clash of arms and see the skirmish, as if the gnarled old trees can’t forget and whisper their story to your imagination….” (Barry Etris, from Faces & Songs)

General William T. Sherman

General William T. Sherman

  • In May of 1864, three Union Armies under the leadership of General William T. Sherman began moving south from Chattanooga, TN, to capture Atlanta. His advance to Atlanta was delayed two weeks by fierce fighting at Kennesaw Mountain, culminating with a major battle on June 27.
  • On July 3, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreated south from Kennesaw to pre-constructed trenches on the Chattahoochee River, known as the River Line. Sherman’s troops came into Marietta on July 3. He briefly established his headquarters at the Kennesaw House Hotel, before leaving to pursue Johnston to the River Line. Sherman knew that a direct assault on these Confederate defenses would be too costly in human lives, so he sent 4,000 mounted men twelve miles up river to out-flank the Confederate army. This flanking column was under the command of Union General Kenner Garrard. His mission was to capture the covered bridge at Roswell, therefore gaining a crossing point to threaten the Confederate position down stream.
  • Union Troops arrived in Roswell from Marietta on July 5th.
  • July 6, the Union army destroyed the Roswell Manufacturing Company. The sheeting from the Roswell Cotton Mill was taken to Marietta to be used in the field hospitals that were being set up under Union control.
  • July 10th the Roswell mill workers were sent by wagon to Marietta. There they were placed at the Georgia Military Academy. On the 15th of July, they were marched to the train station and sent by train to the north.
  • From July 13 – 17, A Union army crossed at Roswell. Roswell was occupied by approximately 31,000 troops during July of 1864.
  • On July 22, the Union army engaged with the Confederate army in the Battle of Atlanta.
  • The fighting at the Shallow ford on July 9, 1864 involved the Spencer repeating rifle by Union forces. This was the first time in U.S. history a rifle was used successfully under water during armed conflict.

A special thanks to historian Michael Hitt for the above information!

Barrington Hall — 1842 535 Barrington Drive — 770-640-3855

Barrington Hall — 1842
535 Barrington Drive — 770-640-3855
Bulloch Hall — 1939 180 Bulloch Avenue — 770-922-1731

Bulloch Hall — 1939
180 Bulloch Avenue — 770-922-1731
Smith Plantation — 1845 935 Alpharetta Street — 770-641-3978

Smith Plantation — 1845
935 Alpharetta Street — 770-641-3978


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