Civil War Georgia
American Civil War
June 22, 1864
On the night of June 18-19, General Joseph E. Johnston, fearing envelopment, moved his army to a new, previously selected position astride Kennesaw Mountain, an entrenched arc-shaped line to the west of Marietta, to protect his supply line, the Western & Atlantic Railroad.
Having encountered entrenched Rebels astride Kennesaw Mountain stretching southward, Sherman fixed them in front and extended his right wing to envelop their flank and menace the railroad.
Joe Johnston countered by moving John B. Hood's corps from the left flank to the right on June 22.
Arriving in his new position at Mt. Zion Church, Hood decided, on his own, to attack. Warned of Hood's intentions, Union generals John Schofield and Joseph Hooker entrenched.
Union artillery and swampy terrain thwarted Hood's attack and forced him to withdraw with costly casualties.
Although the victor, Sherman's attempts at envelopment had momentarily failed.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Cobb County
Campaign: Atlanta Campaign (1864) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): June 22, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General John M. Schofield and Major General Joseph Hooker [US]; Lieutenant General John B. Hood [CS]
Forces Engaged: Two corps [US]; Hood s Corps [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 1,350 total (US 350; CS 1,000)
The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 The operations of the Union and Confederate armies from the perspective of the soldiers and the top generals. He offers new accounts and analyses of the major events of the campaign, and, in the process, corrects many long-standing
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The White Tecumseh: A Biography of General William T. Sherman Utilizing regimental histories, historian Hirshon offers a sympathetic yet excellent biography of one of the more noted Civil War generals, best remembered for burning Atlanta, cutting a swath of
destruction across Georgia, then creating total destruction in South Carolina, including the burning of Columbia. Hirshon gives us an insight into how Sherman's own troops felt about him and his relationships with fellow generals, especially Grant. The author not only describes Sherman's role in the war but also details his early life and family problems. The latter part of the book deals with
his life after the war, especially with the Indians in the West as well as his relationships with Presidents Johnson and Grant.
Sherman Invades Georgia: Planning the North Georgia Campaign Using a Modern Perspective
Sherman Invades Georgia takes advantage of modern planning techniques to fully examine what went into the Georgia campaign. Unlike other studies, though, this one puts the reader squarely
into the mind of General Sherman on the eve of his most famous military undertaking—limiting the information to that possessed by Sherman at the time, as documented in his correspondence during the campaign and not in his after-the-fact reports and autobiography.
The Battle of Peachtree Creek:
An Audio Driving Tour
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The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns
This book contains an examination of the army that General William Tecumseh Sherman led through Georgia and the Carolinas, in late 1864 and early 1865. Instead of being just another narrative of the March to the Sea and Carolina campaigns, however, Glatthaar's book is a look at the individuals that composed the army. In it, he examines
the social and ideological backgrounds of the men in Sherman's army, and evaluates how they felt about various factors of the war--slavery, the union, and, most significantly, the campaign in which they were participating. The result is a fascinating look at Sherman's campaigns through the eyes of the everyday soldier. Amazon Reviewer
Guide to the Atlanta Campaign: Rocky Face Ridge to Kennesaw Mountain
capture of Chattanooga, the Union initiated battles and operations that took it from the Tennessee border to the outskirts of Atlanta. Bloody confrontations at places such as Resaca and New Hope Church. Grant had ordered Sherman to penetrate the enemy's interior and inflict "all the damage you can against their War resources,"
A large Union army led by Sherman leaves Chattanooga and northern Georgia
camps and marches south to Atlanta and ultimately arrives at the coastal city of Savannah, laying waste to the territory through which it passes
The Battle of Resaca:
Atlanta Campaign, 1864
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