1864 - The Battle of Noonday Creek


It appears likely that the area of KSU's East Campus was involved in the Battle of Noonday Creek, in 1864.   Additional research is underway to confirm this.

Below is the wikipedia account of the battle. (Note that the McAffee House mentioned in the account is well preserved historic at its original location along Bells Ferry Road at the intersection with Barrett Parkway.  There is a historic marker sign in front of the McAffee House.)

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Noonday_Creek (accessed 11/17/2012)