Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Battle of Peach Tree CreekHood's First Effort to Save Atlanta$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469634197

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634197.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.northcarolina.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of North Carolina Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in NCSO for personal use.date: 18 September 2021

Cleaning Up

Cleaning Up

(p.190) 10 Cleaning Up
The Battle of Peach Tree Creek

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

With 2,500 Confederates and 1,900 Federals killed, wounded, and missing in the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, the first task for the victorious Unionists was to clean up the battlefield. Details collected the wounded of both sides, finding at least one woman soldier who had been disguised as a man lying injured on the field and wearing a Confederate uniform. Details also buried the dead of both sides either in single graves or in communal trenches. All manner of debris from discarded clothing to abandoned battle flags, small arms, and personal equipment littered the field. Several Federal surgeons described in detail the process of taking care of both Union and Confederate wounded for days following the battle at Peach Tree Creek and many personal stories of survival can be found in the letters, diaries, memoirs, and unit histories of the men and regiments engaged in the fight. The deaths of soldiers affected entire families back home in the North and South, and many wounded men who survived the battle carried the effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives, sometimes perishing of the after effects of a battlefield wound decades later.

Keywords:   women soldiers, care of wounded, burial of dead, battlefield clearance, flags, weapons

North Carolina Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .