On the morning of June 27, 1864, Major General William T. Sherman unleashed a bombardment of cannon fire on the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which was dug in on top of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia. Sherman thought the Confederate defensive line was stretched too thin and, hoping to break through, ordered thousands of troops to attack the mountain. 3,000 Union soldiers were lost in this attempt. The Southern victory was only partial, though, since a later Union flank attack forced the Confederates to withdraw.
A reproduction of an 1887 painting by Thure de Thulstrup, this color poster depicts Sherman's troops near Big Kennesaw, one of the summits on Kennesaw Mountain. The original painting can be seen in the Kennesaw Mountain visitor center.
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