A Humanitarian Act

A Humanitarian Act (HM1BTX)

Location: Marietta, GA 30064 Cobb County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 56.427', W 84° 35.886'

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Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

After each Union assault on June 27, hundreds of casualties were left between the lines. By afternoon, wounded Union soldiers lying helpless near here faced a new danger; flames, started by the battle's gunfire, crept steadily toward them.

Lt. Col. William P. Martin, commanding the 1st & 15th Consolidated Arkansas Regiment, jumped onto the earthworks and ordered his Confederates to cease fire. Waving a white flag of truce, Martin shouted to the Federals, "Come and remove your wounded. They are burning to death." For a brief time, Northerners and Southerners alike rescued the wounded and put out the fires.

The next day, Union officers presented Colonel Martin with a pair of Colt revolvers in appreciation of his humanitarian act.

"The Famed Truce on Cheatham Hill" by Alfred R. Waud.
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 1:26pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 721989 N 3758152
Decimal Degrees33.94045000, -84.59810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 56.427', W 84° 35.886'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 56' 25.62" N, 84° 35' 53.16" W
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Area Code(s)678, 404, 770
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 683-957 Cheatham Hill Dr, Marietta GA 30064, US
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