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In the Shadow of Atlanta: The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

March 10, 2019

Kennesaws Bombardment, 64
Alfred R. Waud
Courtesy Library of Congress

With Sherman’s relentless advance, Joe Johnston looked for superior positions to parry off the Federal army group. The Kennesaw Line offered such a position, but when Sherman was exposed, Johnston had Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood strike him at Kolb’s Farm. The Union victory there emboldened Sherman and, perhaps expecting a chance to break Johnston, Sherman attacked at Kennesaw–he shouldn’t have! Join us on this packed one-day walking tour that briefly covers Kolb’s Farm and then zeroes in on the severe fighting especially across Pigeon and Cheatham Hills. It is early enough in the season for great visibility and moderate temperatures.



A professor of history at the University of West Georgia, Keith Bohannon specializes in U.S. Civil War history. He has led numerous tours of Eastern and Western Theater battlefields and worked a number of years as a historian with the U.S. National Park Service at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. He is the author of numerous essays published by both university and non-academic presses, including several that examine aspects of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.