Trading Cards

Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park offers a total of seven different trading cards:

Close-up of 1 gravestone amongst many rows of gravestones. Text: E. Stephenson. Nurse. July 16, 1864.

Emma Stephenson

Watching Over Her Soldiers Forever

Formerly enslaved Emma Stephenson served as a 17th Army Corps nurse. She fell ill while caring for white soldiers and later died. She was first buried at the Army Corps hospital, but was later interred at the Marietta National Cemetery with "her soldiers". Surviving soldiers who had received her care never forgot her kindness.

Text: To Colored Men! Freedom, Protection, Pay, and a Call to Military Duty! Protection of Colored Troops.

Austin Gilmore

Dying for Duty

Austin Gilmore, formerly enslaved from Tennessee, enlisted in the 111th Illinois Infantry to fight for freedom. A stretcher bearer, Austin removed bodies of wounded and dead soldiers during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. He was mortally wounded rescuing a soldier, died four days later, and was buried in an unmarked grave.

Head shot of man with high forehead and slicked back hair inset on image of a home at foot of a mountain.

Henry Cole

and the Underground Railroad

New Yorker, business owner, and Union spy Henry Green Cole gathered information from free and enslaved blacks. He was known as the "most dangerous man in Georgia" and his home became a stop on the Underground Railroad. A tunnel led from his house into the woods that presently comprise Marietta National Cemetery.

Man in uniform jacket with a star patch on each shoulder. Has a trimmed mustache and goatee. Hair is combed to his right.

Colonel Dan McCook

From a Family of Fighters

Ohio's "Fighting" McCooks sent many of their sons to fight in the Civil War. Thirteen served in the Union Army, six becoming generals during the conflict. Colonel Dan McCook died at the Dead Angle at Kennesaw Mountain. In 1914, fifty years later, a monument to the McCook Brigade was dedicated near where he fell.

Painting: Puffs of white smoke emerge from unclear brown images on ground. 2 people stand near cannon just outside smoke.

A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Combat artists' drawings were used to illustrate newspaper and magazine articles throughout the war. One of the most famous combat artists was Alfred Waud. His accurate drawings, like "Kennesaw's Bombardment, 64", helped people understand the horrors of war. Many of Waud's works were featured in the popular illustrated magazine Harper's Weekly.

Man in uniform stands on a mound over a line of men hidden behind mound. Other men reach for items on ground opposite the mound.

Fire on the Battlefield

A Humanitarian Act

During the savage fighting at Cheatham Hill, a small brush fire became a full blaze. The screams of wounded Union soldiers trapped by fire were heard above the roar of battle. Confederate officer Lieutenant Colonel William H. Martin waved a white cloth, ordering his men to stop fighting and help rescue the Union soldiers.

Men in uniform on horses ride in a field in front of a densely tree-covered mountain.

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

Delaying the Advance on Atlanta

In late June 1864, General Joseph Johnston's Confederate forces delayed the Union's advance towards Atlanta for two weeks. Fortunately for the Union Army commanded by General William T. Sherman, the delay was not enough. The fall of Atlanta on September 2 helped ensure the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln in November of that year.

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Last updated: October 3, 2021

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