Friday, October 24, 2014

French's Rock at Kennesaw battlefield

Troops under Confederate Maj. Gen. Samuel French, a native of New Jersey, occupied Pigeon Hill at Kennesaw and received Union artillery fire on June 27, 1864, before a major assault. I walked a bit of this area yesterday. I believe this is French's Rock on the Little Kennesaw Mountain trail.

The general wrote he and his staff took shelter behind the rock while they observed the beginning of enemy activity and an artillery exchange. "Presently and as if by magic there sprang from the earth a host of men and in one long waving line of blue, the infantry advanced and the battle of Kennesaw Mountain began." French's division checked the attack.

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