August 27th, 1864

August 27th, 1864:

The first of Sherman’s troops reach Camp Creek on the morning of the 27th.  The Federal IV Corps is moving toward Camp Creek from the area around Utoy Creek.  Hood, is increasingly concerned about the possibility of Sherman attempting a flanking movement to attack the railroad at Rough and Read (now called Mountain View, which is directly east of the Atlanta airport between I-75 and I-285) or possibly at Jonesboro.  Hood has received word from some Cavalry scouts that the Federals are massing at Camp Creek.  Hood has dispatched French on a reconnaissance to the north and west of Atlanta and he has found the Federal XX corp entrenched in the are of the railroad bridge across the Chattahoochee River.  Stewart’s and Lee’s Corps move into the empty Federal trenches and begin to reap the rewards of all the items an army leaves behind.  They find everything from food to blankets.  Hood sends Sthal’s Brigade to reinforce Hardee at East Point and instructs Jackson to have Armstrong’s Brigade of Cavalry ready to block and delay the Federals if they attempt to cross Camp Creek and move on Rough and Ready.  From the south side of Camp Creek all the way to Joneboro, Confederate Cavalry skirmished with the Federals as they advanced.  Their efforts did little to stop or slow the Federals.

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This crossroads, just east of where “Sandtown” was, was a military landmark during the Civil War.  This is the Intersection of Boat Rock Road, New Hope Road, and Campbellton Road.  From here the Federal 15th Corps marched southeast and the 16th and 17th Corps marched south crossing Camp Creek and making their way to Shadnor Church (in present day Union City) and to Fairburn.
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Camp Creek at Stonewall Tell Road.  Federal forces crossed this creek on their way towards Shadnor Church and Fairburn.
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Camp Creek at Enon Rd.  Federal forces crossed this creek on their way to Shadnor Church and Fairburn.
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Owl Rock Church.  This historic church was founded in 1828 and was a military landmark for Confederate and Federal forces during the battles around Atlanta.  The Federals passed by here on their march south and east toward the Atlanta – West Point Railroad.
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Owl Rock, the church’s name sake.
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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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