In the summer of 1864, more than 5,350 men died at Kennesaw Mountain, a place named after the Cherokee word for burial ground.
Here, General William Tecumseh Sherman launched his Atlanta campaign. At Cheatham Hill and Kolb Farm, his army of 100,000 Union soldiers waged a battle with 63,000 Confederate troops from June 19 to July 2, 1864.
At the end of the two weeks of fighting, in addition to the 1,350 who died, more than 61,000 men had been wounded or captured.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park encompasses the three main sites associated with this time in history. A film and museum at the visitor center provide valuable context, while walking trails and a self-guided driving tour give you an overview of the battlefield.
You can still see divots in the ground where Sherman’s men positioned their cannons, and the earthworks hastily dug to protect the soldiers from enemy fire. The house at Kolb Farm has been refurbished to appear as it would have during 1864, when it witnessed a fierce clash that cost so many men their lives.