Overall this park was very interesting to visit and to
see all the landmarks. I feel as though I learned about the park in many ways,
but the historical aspect of the park was probably the most interesting part to
This park is filled with cultural history and a beacon
of civil war history. As you hike the various trails and scenic routes there
are markers and postings of significant landmarks that were apart of history.
This park preserves 8.9 miles of the original civil war field fortifications
which was interesting be at a location where history had been made. A large
part of the cultural history of the park is surrounding the various battles
that took place here between General Joseph E. Johnston’s confederate troops
and General Willian T. Sherman’s Union army and the Atlanta campaign. Some of
the most interesting exhibits and landmarks were Pigeon Hill, Cheatham Hill,
Sherman/Thomas Headquarters and Kolb’s Farm. The Illinois Monument is the
largest monument on the battlefield and is located on Cheatham Hill which was
named for confederate general Benjamin F. Cheatham. This monument honors the
Illinois soldiers who served in the army. I was also able to get a better
understanding of what led up to the Fall of Atlanta and seeing some of these
landmarks and trails were interesting when thinking about the history of these
Birds and amphibians play a key role in the ecology of
the park. There have been 62 bird species already 140 amphibian species
identified in the park. Birdwatching has been an attraction of the ecology and
birds like the northern cardinal, blue jay, and Carolina chickadee have been
spotted in the area. For people who want to see a diverse amount of birds
migrating this park is a good place to go.
When visiting the visitor center of the park, and
talking to a worker of the park, he told us that this park has the highest
visitation of any Civil War battlefield park in the nation. The total of
1,935,909 visitors to the park in 2012 was higher than it was in 2010 and 2011.
Some geologic history we learned
was that Little Kennesaw, Big Kennesaw, and Pigeon hill are the three summits
that make up Kennesaw Mountain, and that the mountain was part of a mountain
chain that’s surface had eroded away.
One fact I found interesting was that Kennesaw’s mountain’s geology was
actually very important in the movement of General William T. Sherman’s Union
troops that were heading towards Atlanta.
For this assignment, I choose to visit Kennesaw
Mountain National Battlefield Park, which is one of over 400 parks in the
national park system to learn more about the national park. This park had many
historical markers, and monuments, as well as a museum in the visitor’s center,
and 22 miles of hiking trails. While at the mountain, we hiked up to the top of
Kennesaw mountain where you could see the view of Atlanta and the northern Georgia
terrain. While there some geography we learned was that the mountain itself is
1,808 feet above sea level, and from the visitor center to the mountain’s
summit there is an increase in the elevation of 664 feet. As we were coming
down he mountain, our ears were popping due to the difference in elevation. The
hike up was around 1.1 miles if you are on the trail. This national park is a 2,923-acre national
battlefield that well know for its civil war battleground.