Battle of Noonday Creek

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Battle of Noonday Creek
Part of the American Civil War
Date June 10, 1864 (1864-06-10)-July 3, 1864 (1864-07-03)
Location Cobb County, Georgia
Result Confederate victory
Belligerents
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
Commanders and leaders
William T. Sherman
Kenner Garrard
Joseph Wheeler

The Battle of Noonday Creek was a series of combat events in the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War that took place between June 10 and July 3 of 1864.[1]

General Garrard was ordered by General Sherman to interpose between General Joseph Wheeler's cavalry and detached infantry at Noonday Creek, which was just a few miles from Sherman's headquarters at Big Shanty. When, after a week, Garrard failed to do so, two brigades of infantry and three brigades of cavalry with artillery support were advanced against the Confederate positions on June 9. Two charges failed, and the Union Army retired from the field. However, Wheeler's cavalry was moved to a position between Bell's Ferry and Canton Road.[2]

On June 10, the 15th regiment Iowa Veteran Volunteer Infantry pushed the enemy across Noonday Creek after heavy fighting.[3]

On June 15, a division of Union Cavalry attacked and was repelled. On June 17, the Federals pushed Wheeler down Bell's Ferry Road, where he retired to Doctor Robert McAffee's house. On June 19, the Union Army attacked but was driven off with heavy losses.[4]

On June 23, Colonel Eli Long, USA, crossed Noonday Creek with his brigade. He was attacked at that time, and repelled the attackers.[5]

The 4th Michigan Cavalry was attacked by 4,500 of Wheeler's cavalry at Latimar's Mill on Noonday Creek.

Since the Civil War[edit]

Despite land development since the 1980s in the area near Town Center at Cobb, the McAfee house (and a historical marker at the street) is still located on Bells Ferry Road, on the northwest corner of what is now the intersection with Barrett Parkway (west) and Piedmont Road (east). (34°00′51″N 84°32′56″W / 34.0141°N 84.5488°W / 34.0141; -84.5488 (Robert McAfee house & historical marker))

Units[edit]

Union Army[edit]

Confederate Army[edit]

  • Kentucky 15th Cavalry Regiment
  • Confederate 1st Cavalry Regiment

Notes[edit]

Coordinates: 33°56′N 84°35′W / 33.94°N 84.58°W / 33.94; -84.58