Camouflaged Cannons-Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park - Marietta
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 33° 56.173 W 084° 35.823
16S E 722097 N 3757684
Quick Description: Tennessee cannoneers positioned two 12-pounder howitzers within this redoubt. Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham ordered these artillery crews to camouflage the earthen mounds with cut underbrush and to hold their fire unless attacked.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2020 3:26:12 PM
Waymark Code: WM1363E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Turtle3863
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Camouflaged Cannons-Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park--
Tennessee cannoneers positioned two 12-pounder howitzers within this redoubt. Maj. Gen. Benjamin F. Cheatham ordered these artillery crews to camouflage the earthen mounds with cut underbrush and to hold their fire unless attacked. For the next week, they kept under cover as Union bombardments tried to weaken the Confederate lines.

On the morning of June 27, a Union barrage preceded close-packed Federal attackers. The gunners here waited silently as blue-clad columns pushed through the dense forest despite Confederate small arms fire. Finally, at pointblank range, the cannon crews opened fire. Flying canister stunned the Federal lines and, according to one Confederate officer, “did great execution.”

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Confederate artillery crews normally consisted of a gunner in charge of seven cannoneers.
Well-trained crews could reload and shoot four times a minute.

LOCATION: Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker can be reached from Cheatam Hill Drive SW 0.7 miles south of Whitlock Avenue NW (Georgia Route 120), on the right when traveling south. Marker is in this post office area: Marietta GA 30064, United States of America
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