June, 4th 1864

June 4th, 1864

The Confederate forces are moving toward their prepared lines that stretch from Lost Mountain to the railroad just south of Big Shanty.  Once General Sherman learns of General Johnston’s retreat from the Dallas – New Hope line, he orders General McPherson to move from New Hope Church toward Acworth.  In most places along the line, the Federal troops never hear or see the Southern soldiers leave.  They wake up to a deserted battlefield after the Confederates leave under the cover of darkness.

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During the night, Confederate troops under the command of General Hood and General Hardee, began retreating from the Dallas – New Hope Line and marched south along this road (County Line Road in Cobb Co./Paulding Co.).  They would have been marching toward the camera.
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Site of Mason’s Bridge which spanned Allatoona Creek.  After crossing the bridge during the night, Confederate forces attempted to destroy the bridge in an attempt to slow the Federals pursuit.  Troops from the 3rd Brigade 2nd Division of the 20th A.C.took the bridge in a quick firefight and were able to repair it quickly allowing the Federal Army of the Cumberland to cross Allatoona Creek here.
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Author: Clint Brownlee

My name is Clint Brownlee and I am a Photographer in Woodstock, Georgia with over 20 years of photographic experience in many different aspects of photography. I have photographed everything from weddings, special events and portraits to published materials, but my passion has always been Fine Art and Nature Photography. I have had a several shows at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and The Roswell Visual Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia. I now sell through my website: www.clintbrownleephotography.com

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