Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Things to Do

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    Cheatham Hill

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 17, 2005

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    Cheatham Hill was the site of a Confederate stronghold and a fierce battle as the Union tried to advance. Sherman's troops eventually did, but the Confederates dug in deep and held them off for several days. The three day Cheatham Hill battle resulted in the deaths of 3,000 Union soldiers and 800 Confederate.

    A steep trail leads to the top of the hill where you'll find a monument to Union soldiers who died trying to take the hill. Its a fairly steep uphill climb to this point and made tougher by the thick humid Georgia air. But its pretty much a cake walk when you compare it to the armed soldiers march up this hill under heavy gunfire.

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    Hiking trails

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 17, 2005

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    Kennesaw mountain is a popular hiking destination. Surprisingly, many people choose to jog along these trails as well, despite the fact that there are plenty of other public parks within the city that would make for more scenic workout locations than a civil war battlefield.

    But there are several options to either view the area in more depth, or get some exercise. From the visitor's center, there is a 1mile steep trail that leads to the top of the mountain. It is pretty steep going for most of the trail, but there are some good views from the top and some impressive civil war memorabilia and monuments.

    There is a long trail from the Pigeon Hill battlefield that leads to Cheatham Hill and Kolb's Farm. Its five miles one way with a good bit of uphill. Most of the first couple miles of this trail passes through wooded areas with a few spots that open up to the views of wide grassy knolls. These trails are pretty popular and you'll likely encounter other visitors, visitors with dogs and some joggers.

    There are a total of 17 miles of trail in the park. If hiking and/or the Georgia humid climate are not your thing, the road leads to Cheatham Hill and Kolb's farm.

    Website: http://www.georgiaparks.org

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    Hike in the Footsteps of the Blue and the Gray

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated May 6, 2004

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    On a clear day the 24-mile-distant skyline of Atlanta, Georgia, can be seen from atop Kennesaw Mountain. And that is precisely why this spot was so strategic to both the north and the south during Campaign for Atlanta in the American Civil War.

    Although blood of brave young men once ran on these north Georgia slopes, the 2.2 mile moderate hike to the top of the mountain today is a particularly pleasant one. I've walked up Kennesaw several times, most recently last November, on Thanksgiving weekend. Along the way you will see earthworks, old cannons, interpretive markers and other reminders of America's tumultuous past. It is also an oasis of green and tranquility on the northern edge of the ever expanding megapolis of Atlanta.

    Address: 900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr., Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Directions: Take the Kennesaw exit off I-75, about 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta, and follow the signs.

    Phone: 770-427-4686

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/kemo

    Overlooking the route to Atlanta from Kennesaw Mtn
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    Kennesaw Mountain

    by goingsolo Updated Jun 17, 2005

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    Kennesaw mountain was the Confederate stronghold during this battle as the troops were determined to prevent Sherman and the Union army from taking the mountain. At the top ofthe mountain there are several canons which the Confederates used to fire on Sherman's attempted advances. There are also several plaques that provide more information about this battle and a plaque in memoriam to the Georgia Confederate soldiers who died trying to hold the mountain.

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    The guns are still there

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The guns that helped turn aside General Sherman are still in their mountain batteries, unmoved after almost 140 years. The shuttle will take you to the top of the mountain, which today is mainly a haven for sunbathers and joggers getting their exercise on the incline.

    If you wish to see all the guns, you'll do some hiking, but as everything is encompassed within a few miles of one another, a round trip will not take too terribly long.

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    kolb's farm

    by doug48 Updated May 16, 2010

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    kolb's farm was established by peter valentine kolb in 1836. kolb's farm house was one of the largest farm houses in the area at the time. on june 20 th 1864 kolb's farm was a battle site in the battle of kennesaw mountain.

    Address: powder springs road.

    Directions: intersection powder springs road & cheatham hill road west of kennesaw mountain.

    Phone: 770-427-4686

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/

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    kennesaw mountain

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    pictured is a view of downtown atlanta from the summit of kennesaw mountain. this was the site of the battle of kennesaw mountain in 1864. today this national military park is a popular hiking and bicycling spot for residents and visitors to the atlanta area.

    Address: kennesaw mountain drive.

    Directions: kennesaw mountain national battlefield park.

    Phone: 770-427-4686

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/

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    visitor center

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    pictured is the visitor center at kennesaw mountain national battlefield park. i highly recommend this as your first stop when visiting the park. there are several roads that run through the park and they are not well signed. you can get a map at the visitor center that will make your visit easier and more enjoyable. also at the visitor center there are exhibits about the battle which help the visitor understand how the battle played out.

    Address: 900 kennesaw mountain drive

    Directions: from I-75 exit269 to barrett pakway (west) go 3 miles and turn left on old US 41. (south) the visitor center is near the intersection of old US 41 and stilesboro road.

    Phone: 770-427-4686

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/

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    cheatham hill

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    there were three major battles at kennesaw mountain, one near the visitor center at the base of kennesaw mountain, one at kolb's farm, and one at cheatham hill. to really get a feel of the battle you should visit all three spots at the park. pictured are cannons on cheatham hill. the battle of cheatham hill was a decisive confederate victory during the battle of kennesaw mountain. the confederate defenders of cheatham hill constructed a "dead angle" line of cannon to thwart a union attack. union troops made a desparate effort to storm the confederate line but the rough terrain and intense confederate cannon fire forced them to withdrawl. in all 3,000 union solders and 1,000 confederate solders were killed in the battle of cheatham hill.

    Address: 900 kennesaw mountain road.

    Directions: kenesaw mountian national battlefield park.

    Phone: 770-427-4686

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/

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    kolb's farm

    by doug48 Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    the battle of kolb's farm was one of three major engagements of the battle of kennesaw mountain. on june 20 th 1864 the confederate forces of general carter l. stevenson attacked the union forces of john schofield at kolb's farm on the western base of kennesaw mountain. stevenson's troops attacked the union line three times but where repulsed on each attack. finally general john bell hood ordered stevenson to withdrawl from the battle. in the battle of kolb's farm 1000 confederate solders were killed compared to 350 union solders. the battle of kolb's farm was a decisive union victory in the battle of kennesaw mountain.

    Address: powder springs road.

    Directions: near the intersection of cheatham hill road & powder springs road west of kennesaw mountian kennesaw mountain, kennesaw national battlefield park.

    Phone: 770-427-4686

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/kemo/

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    Visit the Illinois Monument

    by paulscuba Written Jun 17, 2007

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    Since Kennesaw does not have alot of monuments, if you like to see one and also see a unique view of how battles in 1864 were fought.... Go to this location. At this monument it shows very clearly how close battle lines were drawn and the extremes armies went through. The pictures tell the story better. The line at the bottom of the one sign(7 hour truce) shows that even in time of war honor and humanity were still evident. This is in stark contrast to how wars are fought today.

    The Tunnel in the pictures was dug by the Union in order to plant a mine under the Confederate lines. Shortly after it was begun the Confederates withdrew from the field for tactical reasons.

    Illiniois Monument from the Confederate Line Explains the battle at the Illinois monument The beginnings a tunnel for planting a mine How close the lines were.

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    Rover will like it hear

    by paulscuba Written Jun 17, 2007

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    The Park allows dogs on most if not all the trails. The trails are heavily forested and I suspect ticks and other critters are about. We had our dog get a lyme disease shot before we did this trip and made sure he had his flea/tick meds current.

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    PIGEON HILL

    by mtncorg Written Aug 2, 2015

    This was one of the two foci of the main Federal attack on the Kennesaw line 27 June 1864. There is a large parking lot on the south side of Burnt Hickory Road just east of its intersection with Old Mountain Road. Looking north across Burnt Hickory, you can see where the Pigeon Hill Trail takes off up the hill through the woods. The trail will become the Little Kennesaw Trail after it goes across the top of Pigeon Hill – 1,247 feet high, some 200 foot gain above the road – and that trail continues north over the top of Little Kennesaw Mountain – 1,610 feet high. Dropping down to the little pass between Big and Little Kennesaw – about 1.8 miles from Burnt Hickory – the trail then becomes the Kennesaw Mountain Trail and gains the top of that mountain – 1,808 feet high – before dropping to the Visitor Center – adding another 1.46 miles to the journey. Heading to the south from Burnt Hickory, the main trail is known as the Noses Creek Trail and it follows the old Confederate line south to the Dallas Highway.

    In the attack here, some 5,500 Federal troops were involved from the 15th Corps of Major General John Logan. The main brigades in action were led by Colonel Charles C. Walcutt and Brigadier General Giles A. Smith from the division of Giles’ brother Brigadier General Miles L. Smith and the brigade of Brigadier General Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn from the 4th division of Brigadier General William Harrow – a man who owed his command to his prewar comradeship on the Circuit Court with one Abraham Lincoln. Attacking the Rebel positions held by Brigadier General Frances M. Cockrell’s Missouri brigade on Pigeon Hill and the Georgian brigade of Hugh Mercer which covered the area around that traversed by the Burnt Hickory Road today. The Federals captured the rifle pits in front of the main Confederate line, but could not make any headway against the defenses in the rocky crags of Pigeon Hill. General Logan suspended the attacks after it was obvious that nothing was to be gained except more casualties. Some of the earthworks that were used on Pigeon Hill are still to be seen along the trail a couple hundred feet up from the road.

    Website: http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/kennesawmountain/kennesaw-mountain-history-articles/pigeon-hill.html

    Looking up at Pigeon Hill Trail ascending from Burnt Hickory Road Tablet explains the battle here Trail leads up to Confederate earthworks
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    U.S. REGULAR MONUMENT

    by mtncorg Written Aug 2, 2015

    There are not many monuments you can find here on the battlefield at Kennesaw Mountain, but one of the most recent is here just south of the parking lot on Burnt Hickory out in the west edge of the large grass field. This small monument is the park’s newest addition and was placed here during the 150th commemoration of the battle here – 27 June 2014.

    The monument commemorates the service of the 15th, 16th 18th and 19th Regulars. Other monuments to these units can be found at both Chickamauga and Stones River/Murfreesboro. The regulars were not involved in the active fighting on 27 June, but held the Federal line in the woods south of the field here. Their earthworks are still in evidence and the monument will be moved here in the near future – a point near the 0.5 milepost on the Hardage Mill Trail, which heads west off the Noses Creek Trail at a point about 0.75 miles south of Burnt Hickory Road. The monument was placed in the field off Burnt Hickory so spectators could observe the 150th ceremonies easier.

    Website: http://www.15thinfantry.org/monumentproject.html

    US Regular Monument near Pigeon Hill Area where Lightburn's men went - Regular Mon afar US Regulars remembered at Kennesaw Mountain
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    TEXAS MONUMENT

    by mtncorg Written Aug 2, 2015

    Visitors to Civil War battlefields will recognize the Texas Monument along the Cheatham Hill Drive just south of the intersection with the Dallas Highway – a pink Texas granite memorial listing the Texas units involved in the defense of Joseph Johnston’s Kennesaw line. The monument is located next to earthworks that were occupied by the men of Brigadier General Hiram B. Granbury’s Texas brigade – 6th/15th Texas Cavalry, 7th, 10th Texas Infantry, 17th/18th Texas Cavalry and 24th/25th Texas Cavalry.

    Website: http://www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs/military-sites/texas-civil-war-monuments

    Pink Texas granite remembers her soldiers here Cannons behind Texan-built earthworks Tablet explains Granbury's earthworks
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