July 6th, 1864: Johnston’s River Line

General Johnston’s Army of Tennessee now occupies the River Line and they have the Chattahoochee River to their back and the Federals to their front.  General Sherman is looking for another route across the river that would allow him to turn Johnston’s Flank and force him from the River Line.  The images below are from the southern half of the river line.

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Remnants of a large artillery battery at the far south end of the River Line.  General Hood’s forces held the is area which was the left of the Confederate line.
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A dead tree spans the remains of Confederate earthworks along the River Line.
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Several thousand feet of earthworks, including a Shoupade and large artillery battery are still in great condition and have survived the years of urban sprawl in Metro Atlanta.
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The inside of one of the Shoupades in what is known as the River Line Extension.
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Looking south on Oakdale road.  They Confederate River Line followed the ridge line that Oakdale Road follows.  In a few spots along the road you can still see remnants of Confederate works on the left as you drive south.
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Nickajack Creek and its valley separated the Confederate River Line from the Federal lines to the west.

 

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