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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to add eight acres

Georgia's two U.S. Senators have introduced legislation to add eight acres of land to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

The additional acres include the Wallis House, one of the few remaining structures from the battle, and Harriston Hill. Cobb County and the Cobb Land Trust have already purchased the land to donate it to the National Park Service.

“This year marks the Sesquicentennial of Georgia’s Battle of Kennesaw Mountain that took place on June 27, 1864, an important moment in the Civil War’s Atlanta campaign,” U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., said in a statement. “Expanding the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill will add to the historical significance of the park by giving visitors an opportunity to experience key strategies and positions of both Confederate and Union troops during the battle.”

Fighting occurred on and around the mountain from June 19, 1864, until July 2, 1864. On July 1, Sherman began to again flank Johnston, who watching the movements from atop Kennesaw Mountain, opted to retreat once again. When all was said and done, a total of 5,350 soldiers were killed. Though technically a Confederate victory, Johnston ultimately retreated from Kennesaw Mountain to nearby Smyrna, and Sherman made it through to Atlanta and later marched to the sea.

“I can think of no better tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw than to expand the national park to include the Wallis House,” U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. said in a statement. “The Wallis House has tremendous historical value, and I am grateful Cobb Country has preserved it for all these years. It is my hope that with this legislation, we can ensure the Wallis House is enjoyed by Americans for decades to come.”

U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., introduced a companion piece in the U.S. House.