Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
900 Kennesaw Mountain Dr.
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 427-4686 ext. 0
Explore the Kennesaw Mountain National
The Atlanta Campaign started here.
It was a swelteringly hot and clear Monday,
June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta
Campaign occurred here. Preserved are historic earthworks, cannon
emplacements and monuments. Interpreted here are the historic events
where over 5,350 soldiers were killed in the battle fought here from
June 19, 1864 through July 2, 1864.
The name Kennesaw is derived from the Cherokee
Indian "Gah-nee-sah" meaning cemetery or burial ground.
Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield is a 2,923 acre
National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the
Atlanta Campaign. The battle was fought here from June 19, 1864
until July 2, 1864. Sherman's army consisted of 100,000 men, 254
guns and 35,000 horses. Johnston's army had 63,000 men and 187 guns.
Over 67,000 soldiers were killed, wounded and captured during the
There are 3 battlefield areas: In front of the
Visitor Center, off Burnt Hickory Road and the main site is located
at Cheatham Hill [then commonly known as the Dead Angle]. The
visitor center provides introductory information about the
Battlefield and the battle. While walking some of the 17.3 miles of
interpretive walking trails you will see historic earthworks, cannon
emplacements and various interpretive signs. There are 3 monuments
representing states who fought here.
Kennesaw Mountain is 1808 feet above sea
level. It is approximately a 700 foot incline from the Visitor
Center to the mountain's summit. The hike up is approximately 1.4
miles on the road and 1.2 mile up the trail. PLEASE help us preserve
this park by TAKING ONLY PICTURES AND LEAVING ONLY FOOTPRINTS.
The Mission of Kennesaw Mountain National
Battlefield: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield was authorized
for protection by the War Department in 1917 and was transferred to
the Department of the Interior as a unit of the National Park System
The 2,923 acre Battlefield includes the site
of some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign of the
Civil War. The Battlefield was set aside as an important cultural
property dedicated to public inspiration and interpretation of the
significant historic events that occurred here.
Places to Picnic
- Visitor Center
- Cheatham Hill Road
Did You Know?
The elevation of Kennesaw Mountain is 1808 feet above sea level.
While hiking up to the top, an elevation of 708 feet is gained in
the short 1.2 miles.
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