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The park visitor center is the building in the background. It's a little dated but the museum was informative.
Kennesaw Mountain NBP
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900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive Kennesaw, GA 30152
Visitor Center is open 8:30-5:00. Park generally open 7:30-6:00.
Best time to visit
Summer, Fall, Spring
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park became a federal park in 1933. It is 2,923 acres and preserves important parts of the Civil War battlefield. The park includes mountainous terrain and views of nearby areas from overlooks are great on clear days. The historical experience is modestly diminished by suburban sprawl in-between and around park units and by throngs of suburbanites who flock here for recreation.
In May 1864, Union General William Sherman launched an offensive from Tennessee to capture Atlanta and destroy a smaller Confederate Army led by Joseph Johnston. By using a series of flanking maneuvers and continually threatening Johnston’s supply lines, Sherman was able to advance steadily south. When the Union Army neared Kennesaw Mountain, a combination of impassable roads and a desire to strike a decisive blow led Sherman to launch a direct attack against well entrenched Confederates. The battle was a major Confederate victory but some Union forces later turned the Confederate’s left flank causing the Southern Army to pull back toward Atlanta.
The museum is small but has informative displays, including photos, maps and artifacts. There also is a good 20 minute movie that covers the entire Union offensive. One can either drive or walk to the 4 auto tour stops. While the Kennesaw Mountain Road is restricted to park shuttles on weekends and holidays, the views at the top are impressive and reveal the formidable terrain that the Union Army faced. The best auto stop historically was Cheatham Hill where Union troops almost broke through Confederate lines. Pigeon Hill and Kolb’s Farm were less interesting. History buffs will appreciate a visit here as it offers insight into the pivotal Atlanta battles. Others may enjoy the Kennesaw Mountain views or park trails, which are somewhat crowded but provide good exercise and scenery. Kennesaw Mountain Trail works well for a short but brisk hike.
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