Outer Defense Line

Outer Defense Line

Year Erected: 1955

Outer Defense Line Marker

Image courtesy of David Seibert

Marker Text: News of Federal crossings of the Chattahoochee July 17, 1864, prompted the building of a defense line N. & E. of Atlanta, by the forces of Gen. Hood, C.S.A., who assumed command July 18. The E. – W. line crossed Howell Mill Rd. here.Gen. AP Stewart’s A. C. (CS) occupied this sector, French’s division W. (army left flank, Casey’s Hill). Walthall’s, at center; Loring’s, to the eastward.

July 20. After line adjustment, Walthall’s division, astride Howell Mill Road, moved N. (about 4 P.M.) to attack the Federal 20th A. C. Reynold’s brigade was W. of the rd., O’Neal’s E. of it. Loring’s division (E. of O’Neal) also attacked. French’s division (CS) was held in reserve, facing the 14th A. C. (US).

Tips for Finding This Site: White St. at Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta