Category Archives: Military

July 31, 1864: Where’s Stoneman?

Sherman’s cavalry, sent out to break the railroads in the rear of Atlanta, seem to be having some issues. Garrard comes back having been repulsed by Wheeler’s rebel cavalry, while Stoneman is known only by rumor. If he’s gone to … Continue reading

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July 30, 1864: Sherman explains his views on black soldiers

Sherman was a bit sensitive about his ideas on the subject of recruiting black soldiers. He here explains to a recruiting agent that he wants the best for blacks, but that he doesn’t think they are “the equal of white … Continue reading

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July 29, 1864: Spy reports on Atlanta

A spy returning from Atlanta describes the situation. The soldiers aren’t happy about Hood’s aggressive tactics. Official Records: HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Near Atlanta, Ga., July 29, 1864. Lieutenant Colonel J. S. FULLERTON; COLONEL: Moore, a scout, whom … Continue reading

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July 28, 1864: Ezra Church

Sherman, unable to circle around the east side of Atlanta, decided to send the Army of the Tennessee around the west in another attempt to cut the road to Macon, 80 miles to the south. He ordered Howard — including … Continue reading

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July 27, 1864: Sherman promotes Howard

Sherman put O.O. Howard in charge of the Army of the Tennessee to replace McPherson. Logan was angry over this because he took command during the battle, and felt that Howard’s promotion was the work of the “West Point clique”. … Continue reading

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July 26, 1864: Howard takes command of the Army of the Tennessee

Sherman gets some promotions in his ranks, and puts O.O. Howard in charge of the Army of the Tennessee. Needless to say, John Logan was expecting that command, since he took charge on the battlefield. Logan will complain that it’s … Continue reading

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July 25, 1864: Sherman trying to cut supply lines to Atlanta

Garrard’s cavalry need rest, but Sherman tells him he can’t have much. He’s sending him out around Atlanta to cut railroad lines before Hood can be reinforced. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION, July 25, 1864. Major-General SHERMAN, Commanding Army: GENERAL: … Continue reading

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July 24, 1864: Sherman’s situation

Black Jack Logan is temporarily in command of the Army of the Tennessee, having taken charge after McPherson was killed on July 22. Sherman sends him instructions to continue that army’s mission of destroying railroad supply lines going into Atlanta, … Continue reading

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July 23, 1864: Sherman needs cavalry

George Stoneman ***************************************************** Sherman has repulsed Hood’s attack, and now faces him ensconced in Atlanta’s defenses. He can’t move until he has some cavalry to give him more information about enemy movements and positions, so he recalls Stoneman. HDQRS. MILITARY … Continue reading

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July 22, 1864: Battle of Atlanta

Sherman’s troops report that Hood has abandoned Atlanta. Actually, he’s sent Hardee around Sherman’s left in a night march for a surprise attack on McPherson’s left. Although McPherson suspected something and strengthened his left, the fighting was still fierce and … Continue reading

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