|Civil War Canon On Top of Kennesaw Mountain|
I am conflicted visiting Civil War sites. Had I lived then, I hope I would not have owned slaves and would have voted against secession. Yet, part of my heritage is with the Confederacy. My grandmother spoke with venom about the deadly prison where her Confederate soldier father endured the war. Until her death, she still used the word Yankees for Northerners as her eyes hardened. But a trip through the South requires at least some stops at battlegrounds to give perspective on the terrain, battle tactics and suffering of the soldiers. We started with the Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi.
|View of Atlanta from top of Kennesaw Mountain|
We probably would never have visited the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park if our son were not attending school in Georgia. It is one of the many “lesser” battles and yet was a part of General Sherman’s famous march to Atlanta in June, 1864. Kennesaw Mountain was a large, natural barrier protecting the approach to railroads in Atlanta. The Northern army used maneuvering tactics to minimize an attack uphill and eventually reached the other side. It is hard today to visualize the battle since nature has filled in cleared spaces but a drive takes you to the top of the mountain to see Atlanta in the distance.