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(10-02) Entrance to Pickett's Mill Historic Site. It is the only Atlanta campaign battlefield owned by the state and is one of the best preserved battlefields in the nation. Access is entirely by trail, and visitors can follow original war-time roads and view the entire battlefield in detail
 
Marker (Battle of Pickett's Mill)

 

(10-02) Visitor's Center at Pickett's Mill

    
 

(10-02) "The Ravine" at Pickett's Mill. This is the head of the ravine where the heaviest Federal casualties were inflicted. It slopes down to the right (northeast) toward Pickett's Mill Creek. Confederate General Hiram S. Granbury's troops were positioned in the foreground and withstood three Federal assaults from the bottom of the ravine without entrenchments
 
Panorama of "The Ravine"

 

(10-02) Original war-time road at Pickett's Mill

     

(6-2013) Enlarge Pickett's Mill was one of three separate small battles along what came to be known as the New Hope Church line: New Hope Church, fought in a heavy rainstorm on May 25; Pickett's Mill, May 27; and Dallas, the following day, May 28. Unfortunately, only Pickett's Mill has survived development and remains the tangled, vine-covered hills and ravines, broken occasionally by clearings like that above, that it was during the battle
 
Courtesy of James Neel

 

(6-2013) Enlarge The battle began as another effort by Sherman to outflank the position at New Hope Church by "swinging" to the north and then east around the Confederate right flank. Cleburne's division was rushed from near the center of Joseph Johnston's battle line to intercept this attempt made by Howard's IV Corps. Unfortunately for the Federals, Howard's reconnaissance and preparations for the attack were as poor as they had been a year earlier at Chancellorsville. He used an unwieldy assault formation similar to the ones later ordered by Sherman at Kennesaw Mountain, and with equal lack of success
 
Courtesy of James Neel

     
 

(6-2013) Enlarge The initial attack was made solely by the brigade of Brig, Gen. William B. Hazen, a member of whose staff and later the famous novelist Ambrose Bierce later wrote of as The Crime at Pickett's Mill. Moving through underbrush like that seen above, the regiments were soon entangled, funneling into a deep ravine that lead directly to Hiram Granbury's waiting Texas Brigade of Cleburne's Division, arrived just in time. Thinking they had surprised the Confederates before they had a chance to throw up breastworks, according to Cleburne's official report, they shouted, "Ah, da_n you, we have caught you without your logs now!" Cleburne went on to say, Granbury's men, needing no logs, were awaiting them... with calm determination, and as they appeared upon the slope slaughtered them with deliberate aim. The piles of his dead on the front... were a silent but sufficient eulogy upon Granbury and his noble Texans
 
Courtesy of James Neel

 

(6-2013) Enlarge Meanwhile, farther to the Confederate right, Mark Lowery's Alabama Brigade arrived and began to throw up breastworks fronting a large open cornfield on the side of a hill, the area above. Another Union brigade was approaching here, downhill through the corn, but were thrown into confusion in part by the fire of Confederate dismounted cavalry across Pickett's Mill Creek on their left flank. Foolishly, the brigade commander sent a regiment across the creek near the mill ( next photo ) to deal with it instead of concentrating on Lowery, giving him time to prepare. By the time the cavalry were driven back, Hazen's attack had collapsed and any hope of coordination was lost
 
Courtesy of James Neel

  
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