Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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Six weeks after setting out from Chattanooga in early May, 1864, Major General William T. Sherman hit a massive roadblock while fighting his way toward Atlanta. Confederate general Joseph E. Johnstonâs Army of Tennessee was heavily fortified along a line that stretched across the Georgia countryside, anchored...
ONE. The Road to Kennesaw
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Sherman began the campaign against Atlanta with an army group consisting of troops from three different departments within his Military Division of the Mississippi. Major General George H. Thomasâs Army of the Cumberland, the largest of the three field armies under his direct control, fielded more than...
TWO. Kolb’s Farm
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The morning of June 22 dawned clear, bringing in the first dry weather in many days. Shermanâs plan for the day involved firming up his extreme right wing and advancing it closer to Marietta. Hookerâs role in the operation involved extending the Twentieth Corps line southward to the Powder Springs and Marietta Road...
THREE. Sherman Decides to Strike
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The Confederates worked all night on June 22 to clear the battlefield of their dead and wounded. They failed to find all of them before dawn forced an end to their mission of mercy. As a result, the Federals found quite a few bodies still in place when they moved forward to claim the field early on June 23. D. P....
FOUR. The Fifteenth Corps Attack
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The sun rose in a clear sky early on the morning of June 27, and the temperature began to climb with it. Before long it was very warm and became uncomfortably hot before the day was out. Sherman advised McPherson to have plenty of orderlies at Army of the Tennessee headquarters to carry messages to all parts...
FIVE. The Fourth Corps Attack
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At about the same time that Loganâs Fifteenth Corps troops started their advance along Burnt Hickory Road, elements of Howardâs Fourth Corps also started their attack two miles to the south of Pigeon Hill. Howardâs men aimed at an obscure sector of the Confederate line, shielded by a shallow stream lined with heavy...
SIX. The Fourteenth Corps Attack
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The third attack by Shermanâs army group on the morning of June 27 was the smallest, but it involved some of the best troops in Thomasâs Army of the Cumberland. Two Fourteenth Corps brigades of Jefferson C. Davisâs Second Division started from the same ridge that Newton used, but from a location a bit south of Newtonâs position, and they aimed squarely at the angle in the Confederate line on Cheathamâs...
SEVEN. The Residue of a Long Day
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While the Fifteenth, Fourth, and Fourteenth Corps conducted fierce attacks against the Confederate center, Schofieldâs Army of the Ohio quietly worked on Johnstonâs left flank all morning of June 27. Shermanâs double approachâexperimenting with assaults combined with a tried and true method of seeking to...
EIGHT. Along the Kennesaw Line
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The small space of red clay separating the opposing forces on Cheathamâs Hill presented âa frightful and disgusting scene of death and destructionâ after the end of Davisâs attack. Captain James I. Hall of the Ninth Tennessee in Maneyâs brigade could not recall seeing any battlefield âso completely strewn with dead bodies.â Yet the Federals...
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On June 28, the day after the failed attacks, Sherman continued to plan his next move. âWe have constant fighting along lines for ten miles, and either party that attacks gets the worst of it,â he wrote to Joseph Webster in Nashville. It was obvious that Johnston would not âcome out of his parapets,â and turning the Confederate position involved cutting loose from the rail line that barely supplied...
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Everyone recognized that the battle of Kennesaw Mountain on June 27 was a salient feature of the contest for Atlanta. Sherman called it âthe hardest fight of the campaign up to that date,â and Confederate trooper William E. Sloan referred to it as âthe great battleâ of the drive toward the Gate City. Postwar writers also pinpointed the engagement as a special event in Civil War history that added new...
Orders of Battle
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APPENDIX: Kennesaw after the War
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Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Civil War America