From early June to mid-July of 1864, North Georgia’s Kennesaw Mountain loomed as the focal point around which the Union and Confederate armies fought and suffered. This dramatic tale covers one of the Civil War’s most gruesome battles, offering insight into the strategic turning point in Sherman’s battle for Atlanta.
From the Georgia rail towns of Acworth to Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) and Marietta, this book covers the Atlanta Campaign’s deadly, month-long struggle over possession of Kennesaw Mountain. From the fight through squalid trenches and adverse weather to the swarms of insects and the stench of lifeless soldiers, no misery endured by the troops is left out. Along with details of the grisly battle—where nearly 200,000 men clashed—author Russell W. Blount, Jr. provides insight into the character of the major players on both sides of the conflict. The battle’s common privates and their outlooks are chronicled as well, along with civilian accounts of the tragic occurrence.
About the Author
Russell W. Blount, Jr. is a Civil War enthusiast who taught American history at the high-school level. He received a BS in history from the University of South Alabama, and his affinity for history is apparent in his involvement with such organizations as the Civil War Preservation Trust, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Historic Mobile Preservation Society. Blount is also the author of Pelican’s The Battles of New Hope Church. When not researching the Civil War, Blount enjoys reading, writing, and playing racquetball. He resides in Mobile, Alabama, with his wife.
CLASH AT KENNESAW
June and July 1864
By Russell W. Blount, Jr.
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / Military / United States
160 pp. 6 x 9
22 b/w photos 3 maps Notes Biblio. Index