On this day in the Civil War, Federal troops under General William T. Sherman attack the Confederate army at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. The Federal attack is repulsed with heavy losses…2,000 soldiers are killed.

After the battle, a Southern soldier writes, “A solid line of blue came up the hill. My pen is unable to describe the scene of carnage that ensued in the next two hours. No sooner would a regiment mount our works than they were shot down or surrendered. All that was necessary was to lead and shoot. In fact, I will ever think that the reason they did not capture our works was the impossibility of their living men to pass over the bodies of their dead.”


Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia

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