Battle of the Poor House
Civil War Georgia
American Civil War
July 28, 1864
Earlier, General William T. Sherman's forces had approached Atlanta from the east and north. CSA General John Hood had not defeated them, but he had kept them away from the city.
Sherman now decided to attack from the west. He ordered the Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Major General O.O. Howard, to move from the left wing to the right and cut Hood's last railroad supply line between East Point and Atlanta.
Hood foresaw such a maneuver and determined to send the two corps of Lieutenant General Stephen D. Lee and Lieutenant General Alexander P. Stewart to intercept and destroy the Union force. Thus, on the afternoon of July 28, the Rebels assaulted Howard at Ezra Church.
Howard had anticipated such a thrust, entrenched one of his corps in the Confederates' path, and repulsed the determined attack, inflicting numerous casualties. Howard, however, failed to cut the railroad.
Result(s): Union victory
Location: Fulton County
Campaign: Atlanta Campaign (1864) next battle in campaign previous battle in campaign
Date(s): July 28, 1864
Principal Commanders: Major General Oliver O. Howard [US]; General John B. Hood [CS]
Forces Engaged: Army of the Tennessee [US]; two corps of Army of Tennessee [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 3,562 total (US 562; CS 3,000)
The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 The operations of the Union and
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Atalanta Campaign Map
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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 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 myths, misconceptions, and mistakes. He challenges the standard view of Sherman's performance.
Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea
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The March to the Sea and Beyond: Sherman's Troops in the Savannah and Carolinas Campaigns
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his life after the war, especially with the Indians in the West as well as his relationships with Presidents Johnson and Grant.
The books are full of eyewitness accounts of battle, camp life, campaigning, and camraderie with some humor thrown in. Each book gives accounts by the soldiers themselves, and that's what makes these books so great! The books also have battle maps are divided into sections. Each section tells about a part in the campaign. At the begining of each section there is an
introduction to the campaign.
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