One hundred fifty years ago today the most lopsided battle of the Civil War took place at Ezra Church just west of Atlanta. On the afternoon of July 28, 1864 Confederate General John Bell Hood sent General Stephen D. Lee to surprise and intercept the federal army as they moved to capture the rail lines in west Atlanta. But union General Oliver O. Howard anticipated Hood's move and had dug in behind a series of trenches and breastworks made of church logs and pews. Lee made several attacks on the union lines but was turned back. The Confederates lost 3000 men to the Union's 630. Today the battle field is marked by a marker in West View Cemetery and few historical markers around Mozley Park. The park contains five granite markers describing the battle, otherwise the battlefield has been engulfed by neighborhoods of west Atlanta. Enjoy the slideshow (below) of images I made on a recent visit to the site. On the day a visited a ditch witch was digging a trench through the battle site for a fence to be built around the park. I kicked some artifacts from the up-turned dirt but I don't think any of them were battle related.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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