McPherson's Last Ride
Memorial Drive near East Side Ave, East Atlanta
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McPHERSON`S LAST RIDE July 22, 1864. When Gen. McPheson heard the firing to the S.E. while at luncheon (Whitefoord Ave. at R.R.), he mounted his horse & sending away most of his staff on various missions, galloped south to this hill. Here, he observed Dodge`s 16th A.C. troops in desperate combat with Bate`s & Walker`s divs. [CSA] in Sugar Cr. valley. Anxious about the left of the 17th A.C. (at Glenwood & Flat Shoals), he proceeded on a road through the pines in that direction, accompanied by an orderly, & Signal Officer, Wm. Sherfy, who reluctantly followed after vainly warning the general that Confederate troops had seized the road. 044-44 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956