Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – 148th Anniversary

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the sanguinary Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Part of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, the fight at Kennesaw Mountain was forced on US Major General William T. Sherman as he continually pushed the Confederate Army of Tennessee back towards Atlanta. While Sherman’s constant strategy of flanking had caused the Confederate field commander, General Joseph E. Johnston, to regularly pull back towards the Georgia capital, Sherman was to learn, at Kennesaw Mountain, that Johnston, and the Army of Tennessee, had plenty of fight left in it. Situated northwest of Atlanta, Kennesaw Mountain is one of the highest mountains in northern Georgia. Determined to take the fight to Johnston, Sherman attacked his well entrenched troops on June 27. The heights proved too much for the Federal armies and the Confederate line would hold. Total casualties for the battle would be nearly 4,000 killed, wounded and missing – 3/4 of which were sustained by Sherman’s troops.

After the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Johnston would continue his retreat – to the very gates of Atlanta. He would be relieved from command on July 17 – not even three weeks after his victory at Kennesaw Mountain. The troops of the Army of Tennessee would be in for many more weeks of hard fighting, under acting full general, John Bell Hood.

For more information on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, click HERE.

For a Mike’s photo essay on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, click HERE.


About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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