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Battle of Marietta

Battle of Marietta
Part of the American Civil War

Attack on the Enemy's Centre, Near Marietta, Georgia
Date June 9, 1864– July 3, 1864
Location Cobb County, Georgia
Result Union victory
Belligerents
United States (Union) CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
William T. Sherman Joseph E. Johnston
Units involved
Military Division of the Mississippi Army of Tennessee
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The Battle of Marietta was a series of military operations from June 9 through July 3, 1864, in Kolb's Farm (June 22), and Kennesaw Mountain (June 27). Sherman forced Johnston to withdraw partially on June 18 to protect his supply lines, but the Union forces were not fully victorious until July 3.

On June 14, 1864, Confederate General Pine Mountain.[1] The artillery fire was initiated when Sherman spotted a cluster of Confederate officers—Polk, Hardee, Johnston, and their staffs—in an exposed area. He pointed them out to Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard, commander of the IV Corps, and ordered him to fire on them. The 5th Indiana Battery, commanded by Capt. Peter Simonson, obeyed the order within minutes. The first round came close and a second even closer, causing the men to disperse. The third shell struck Polk's left arm, went through the chest, and exited hitting his right arm then exploded against a tree, cutting Polk nearly in two.[2]

References

  • "Battle Summary: Marrieta, GA". CWSAC Battle Summary.  
  1. ^ Welsh, p. 174.
  2. ^ Smith, pp. 253-54; Foote, p. 356.
  • CWSAC Report Update and Resurvey: Individual Battlefield Profiles

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