Saturday, December 5, 2015

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Monument to Illinois Soldiers
We stopped in Georgia for the night last night on or way to Orlando. This morning, we made a quick stop at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. On June 27, 1864, General Sherman and his Union Army opened up a furious artillery bombardment against the Confederate soldiers entrenched in the Kennesaw area. The resulting battle ended in a tactical defeat for Sherman, his army losing 3,000 soldiers to 1,000 on the Confederate side. This would end up being the last of Sherman's full frontal assaults during the Atlanta campaign. The site of the battle is now part of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, where both Confederate deliberate trenches on top of the mountain and some Union rifle pits are still visible today.

The Battlefield Park itself is nearly 3,000 acres and has about 18 miles of hiking trails. Along the trails, you will see historic earthworks, cannon emplacements, and various interpretive signs. There are three monuments representing some of the states who fought there: Illinois, Texas, and Georgia. There's also a visitor's center with a small museum and auditorium. During our visit, the Kennesaw Mountain staff was super friendly and got the kids involved in various activities.

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