The Great Kennesaw Route

The Great Kennesaw Route referred to the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia, or the Western & Atlantic, depending on which late nineteenth century maps and marketing materials one consulted. Because the W&A passed right by the foot of Kennesaw Mountain, it probably had the stronger claim to the name, but the larger ETV&G also traversed much of the territory fought over during the Atlanta Campaign of the Civil War. The two roads had Dalton and Atlanta in common, and Kennesaw Mountain was possibly visible from ETV&G trains passing through southern Cobb County. (ETV&G route shown above).

The W&A map (a part is shown above) emphasized that railroad's close proximity to the mountain.

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, by Kurz and Allison.

The mountain itself is a prominent monadnock rising about 700 feet above Marietta, which lies a couple of miles southeast. Composed of granitic gneiss more resistant to erosion than the surrounding rock, it stands as a remnant of millions of years of gradual disintegration of earlier landscapes by water, ice, and wind.

(The full versions of the two maps above are online at the Library of Congress website: 1887 W&A map here and 1890 ETV&G map here. The painting is also at the Library's website here.)


Advertisement for Great Kennesaw Route, ca. 1878

From: Derry, Joseph Tyrone, 1841-. Georgia: a Guide to Its Cities, Towns, Scenery And Resources.... Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & co., 1878. Online at HathiTrust Digital Library here. Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage. © Steve Storey

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