The National Park Service will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw by showcasing Union and Confederate artillery and infantry demonstrations, 19th century children’s games, guided hikes, civilian life and the roles of women, undercooks and stretcher bearers.

Kennesaw Mountain to mark 156th anniversary of Civil War battle

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park won’t let a pandemic stop it from commemorating its place in Civil War history. 

The National Park Service will mark the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain with virtual programming about life during 1864. Instead of in-person demonstrations, social media users will be able to check out a variety of programming every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-28 on the park’s Facebook page.

Viewers will see Union and Confederate artillery and infantry demonstrations, 19th century children’s games, guided hikes and learn about civilian life and the wartime roles of women, undercooks and stretcher bearers. 

The Battle of Kennesaw was part of Union General William T. Sherman’s campaign to attack Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s troops. According to the Library of Congress, Sherman’s offensive began June 27, 1864, but he “abandoned his frontal assault and went back to his famous flanking maneuvers.” About 3,000 Union and 1,000 Confederate soldiers died in the battle, the Library of Congress states.

Each program will be suitable for all ages, and you can find a full list of planned programs on the Facebook page and the Battlefield’s website.


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