This Day in Dayton, 27 June
During the Civil War, the assault on the mountain known ever after as the battle of Kenesaw Mountain took place on June 27, 1864. The losses were great, and those of the 40th Infantry were the heaviest in the Union that day. After feints at both ends of Sherman’s lines, a charge similar to the successful charge at Missionary Ridge was attempted at the center. This time it did not work. Again the 40th led the assault, which this time was repulsed with heavy losses. Casualty lists first appeared in the Courier on June 29, but would not be complete until July. They would include men from Dayton and both Sheffield and Lauramie townships.