Year Erected: 1958
Marker Text: August 6, 1864. The ridge just S. (densely wooded at the time) was fortified & held by General W.B. Bate’s div., Hardee’s A.C. [CSA]. It extended W. from the Atlanta to East Point works, and blocked further Federal moves toward the railroads.
To eliminate this barrier, Cox’s div., 23d A.C. [USA] assaulted Bate’s position in an action known as the Battle of Utoy Creek. Strongly posted with abatis and head-logs, Bate withstood the frontal attack until forced to withdraw when his left was assailed from the direction of Cascade Springs. Fighting in the ranks of the embattled Confederate defenders of the ridge, was the famous “Orphan Brigade” of Kentucky.