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Kennesaw Mountain

National Battlefield Park

About the Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park preserves the site of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, a civil war battle that took place on June 27, 1864.

Key activities:

  • Visitor Center has exhibits and a 38-minute film. (Not for young children.) 

  • Kennesaw Mountain Top. During the week you can drive up, but on the weekend it's only accessible by the free shuttle that runs every half hour. You can also hike up. It's about 1 mile.

  • Cheatham Hill. Includes the Illinois Monument, preserved earthworks and signs.


Other things to see:

  • Little Kennesaw Mountain.

  • Pigeon Hill.

  • Kolb Farm.

  • Kennesaw Mountain also has 20 miles of connecting trails throughout the park.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park NPS Site

Discussion Topics

  • Colonel Dan McCook led his men up Cheatham Hill despite the high probability of death that came with it. What do you imagine it would take to show that much bravery? In what ways can you have greater bravery in your own life?

  • After the battle, the Union and Confederate armies stopped fighting to allow them to remove their dead and wounded from the battlefield. During this time, men from the two sides talked and traded food and letters. After the ceasefire, they resumed their firing at each other. Do you think you could be friendly with someone you were just firing at? Do you think you could go back to fighting people you had just been talking to?

  • If you were attacking an enemy in battle, would rather be at the top of the hill or the bottom of the hill? Why is the position you chose better?


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