ATLANTA (Feb. 13, 2017) – I caught the tail-end of a WSB Radio report this morning centered on a few Piedmont Hospital neighbors concerned about the number of trees the healthcare system felled to make room for its $603 million Marcus Tower for patients. One neighbor said she didn’t know why the hospital would want to offer a new, clear view of the main building itself. (Personally, I like the look of the main hospital buildings.) Piedmont, the report said, will plant new trees as part of the campus’ redevelopment and expansion.
But neighbors missed the more important development. Though trees fell, the monument to the Civil War’s Battle of Peachtree Creek still stands behind the blue construction fencing. Clearly Piedmont Hospital is taking steps to protect the piece of history that sits atop Cardiac Hill and pays homage to a key skirmage in the Confederacy’s failed effort to keep Gen. William Sherman’s out of the City of Atlanta (which did not include the Buckhead area at the time). Here’s CivilWarTalk.com’s descriptor of the battle:
The Battle of Peachtree Creek was fought in Georgia on July 20, 1864, as part of the Atlanta Campaign in the American Civil War. It was the first major attack by Lt. Gen. John B. Hood since taking command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee. The attack was against Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman‘s Union army which was perched on the doorstep of Atlanta. The main armies in the conflict were the Union Army of the Cumberland, commanded by Maj. Gen. George Henry Thomas, and the Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanded by Lt. Gen. John B. Hood. The Battle of Peachtree Creek was the first battle fought by Hood as commander of the Army of Tennessee.
While I like old-growth trees, they can be replaced. History neither can nor should be.