Battle of Atlanta Began Here
Memorial Drive at Clay Street, East Atlanta
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BATTLE OF ATLANTA BEGAN HERE July 22, 1864. Sweeny`s 2nd div., Dodge`s 16th A.C., [USA], having been held in reserve N. of the Ga. R.R. (Candler Park), was ordered to support the left of Blair`s 17th Corps in East Atlanta. Marching via Clay Rd., Sweeny`s column halted here at noon to await further orders. Mersy`s brigade led the advance, followed by Rice`s. Thus, by mere accident, the two brigades were posted where they intercepted the surprise attack by Walker`s and Bate`s divs. (Hardee`s A.C.) [CSA], aimed at the rear of Blair`s 17th A.C. intrenched along Flat Shoals Rd., 1 mile W. of this point, thereby precipitating the battle. 044-46 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1983