• Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Kennesaw Mountain

    National Battlefield Park Georgia

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  • Parking Lots and Mountain Road Closing Early

    On April 15, 16, and 17, 2014, the Visitor Center parking lot is closing at 5:30 and the mountain road is closing at 4 pm. Visitors are encouraged to use the overflow parking lot and the mountain trail to access the top of the mountain.

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Ambrose Bierce
Ambrose Bierce, a native Ohioan, enlisted into Federal service in April 1861. The experience of war ignited a flame of passion within the 19 year old soldier, as he witnessed several of the Civil War's bloodiest affairs. From Shiloh to Stones River, Chickamauga to the Atlanta Campaign, 2nd Lieutenant Bierce, serving under Brigadier General William B. Hazen, observed the horrors of war - scenes later recounted in his various writings. Despite incurring a head wound near Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, Bierce returned to action, as Federal troops fought the Confederate Army of Tennessee at Franklin and Nashville in late 1864.

Bierce continued to suffer from his wound, and received a medical discharge in early 1865, when he sheathed his sword in favor of the pen, and embarked upon a long and distinguished writing career. Through a cooperative agreement between the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Kennesaw State University's Center for the Study of the Civil War Era, three of Bierce's narratives appear here.




Did You Know?

The walk by the earthworks leads to the Dead Angle of Cheatham Hill where the fiercest fighting occurred.

Today Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield preserves the locations of and commemorates the major events associated with the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. It is the only National Park Service property that commemorates the Atlanta Campaign.