June 11th, 1864

June 11th, 1864

Both armies have endured nine straight days of rain.  It slows down General Sherman’s advance to a snail like pace as the wagons are mired down in the mud.  General Johnston’s troops are nearly swimming in their trenches.

On this day, Sherman’s armies have located the Confederate line about two miles south of Big Shanty.  It stretches from Brushy Mountain on the Confederate right, across the Western & Atlantic Railroad, all the way to Lost Mountain on the Confederate left.  The line is 10 miles long and is stretched pretty thin.  The Confederate Army has also fortified Pine Mountain, which sits in advance of the main line at roughly the center.

The railroad bridge over the Etowah River has been repaired and the first train, a railroad repair train, pulls into Big Shanty.  This is welcome news to General Sherman, his supply line is now up and running and he will no longer be so dependent on wagon trains traveling muddy roads for his supplies.

The base of Brushy Mountain is no longer war torn, the only fighting that happens here is over sale items on Black Friday.  The ridge behind these stores still contains several thousand feet of intact earthworks.
View of Brushy Mountain from Kennesaw Due West Road near Hwy. 41.  Earthworks, as well as a large fortification with an ammo bunker still remain on the ridge.
From left to right, the low ridge is Brushy Mountain, followed by Kennesaw Mountain and then Little Kennesaw Mountain.  This high ground formed a strong line against the approaching Federals and repulsed multiple attacks.  It was later abandoned after the Confederates were out flanked.
Pine Mountain as seen from Kennesaw Mountain.  The mountain is now covered with houses and two large water tanks.  There are still remnants of earthworks that home owners have protected on their private property as well as the memorial to General Polk.
Lost Mountain as seen from Little Kennesaw Mountain.  This formed the western anchor of the Brushy Mountain line with Brushy Mountain forming the eastern anchor.  Pine Mountain was a detached salient point near the center of the line. 
South side of Lost Mountain as seen from Lost Mountain park in Cobb County.  The mountain is now covered with home that start in the high $500,000.00 range.  I was not able to gain access to any of the mountain, but I have been told that there are still some visible earthworks on the mountain. 

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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