An Unexpected Clash
Clifton St at Memorial Drive, East Atlanta
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AN UNEXPECTED CLASH July 22, 1864. The attack by Walker`s & Bate`s divs. (Hardee`s A.C.) [CSA] struck the two brigades, Mersy`s & Rice`s, of Sweeny`s 16th A.C. div. [USA] enroute to support the 17th in E. Atlanta. Walker`s troops came up Sugar Cr., valley from the S.; Bate`s from the high ground eastward. Sweeny`s men hastily formed defensively -- Rice racing E., Mersy S., the apex of the lines atop the hill where Laird`s 14th Ohio Battery was posted & where Murphy High School stands. Blodgett`s Missouri Battery H was at Rice`s center, facing E. Though greatly outnumbered, Sweeny managed to hold the position, thereby foiling Hardee`s thrust at the Federal rear. 044-49 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1988