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July 12, 1864: Sherman to Grant

Sherman hasn’t been communicating directly with Grant much during this expedition — here he explains his progress so far, with a bit of justification of his frontal assault on Kennesaw Mountain. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In … Continue reading

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July 11, 1864: We have the advantage

Sherman is bridging the Chattahoochee, and pursuing Johnston closely. Official Records: NEAR CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER, GA., July 11, 1864-7 a. m. (Received 9.15 a. m. 13th.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: The enemy is now all beyond the … Continue reading

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July 10, 1864: Johnston’s crossed the Chattahoochee

Sherman got up on the morning of the 10th to find that his flanking maneuver had had the usual effect. Johnston withdrew once more, this time to Peachtree Creek. Sherman prepares to follow across the Chattahoochee. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY … Continue reading

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July 9, 1864: Poised to cross the Chattahoochee

Sherman’s troops have secured crossings over the Chattahoochee, and are threatening to flank Johnston. Sherman sent two dispatches to Halleck today, one the usual daily report, and one more personal in tone. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, … Continue reading

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July 7, 1864: Roswell burned, and sidling to the left.

Sherman reports to Halleck on the successful destruction of the factories at Roswell, and announces his plan to flank Johnston on the left for a change. And he throws in a reminder not to talk to the newspapers. Official Records: … Continue reading

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July 6, 1864: Sherman plans to encircle Atlanta

Sherman confronts Johnston north of the Chattahoochee. He isn’t going to try for a repeat of Kennesaw Mountain — he’ll travel all around Atlanta instead, cutting the rail supply lines until Johnston has to move. Official Records: Major General H. … Continue reading

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July 5, 1864: Johnston in a new entrenched position.

Sherman finds that Johnston hasn’t crossed the Chattahoochee after all, and he is in fact entrenched with the river behind him, despite the rules of all the military strategists. Sherman has sent Garrard to take Roswell, which he fears will … Continue reading

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July 3, 1864: Sherman pursues Johnston hard.

Sherman is sure that Johnston would never take up a defensive position trapped against the Chattahoochee at his back, so he must be trying to cross it. Therefore, Sherman wants to press forward hard in order to catch Johnston astride … Continue reading

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July 2, 1864: Sherman suspects Johnston’s pulling out

Johnston knows that Sherman is moving around his left, and Sherman views his demonstration on Thomas’ front to be a diversion to cover his retreat. HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, July 2, 1864 Major-General SHERMAN: I am inclined to think … Continue reading

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July 1, 1864: Sherman moves to flank Johnston again.

Sherman sends Schofield forward on the left, and he winds up pushing further than expected. With a commanding position on all the roads in Sherman’s front, he has a valuable position, so Sherman sends some reinforcements from McPherson. Meanwhile, Sherman … Continue reading

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