Category Archives: Henry Halleck

June 25, 1864: Planning to break Johnston’s line

Sherman reports that it’s just skirmishing at the moment, but he’s going to hit Johnston’s line head on. It sounds reasonable as he presents it to Halleck. Official Records: NEAR KENESAW MOUNTAIN, GA., June 25, 1864-8 p. m. (Received 10 … Continue reading

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June 21, 1864: Rain holding Sherman up

Official Records: BIG SHANTY, GA., June 21, 1864-1 p. m. (Received 11 a. m. 22d.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: This is the nineteenth day of rain, and the prospect of clear weather as far off as … Continue reading

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June 20, 1864: Howard takes a hill.

Gen. O.O. Howard managed to take a strong position on a hill south of Noyes’ Creek. Thomas is planning to try to flank Johnston the next day. Official Records: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Near Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., June 20, … Continue reading

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June 19, 1864: Johnston in full retreat! Maybe not!

Once again, Johnston retreats when a vulnerable salient is threatened. Sherman initially thinks he’s dropping all the way back across the Chattahoochee, but soon finds that he’s consolidated his line around Kennesaw Mountain. Official Records: IN THE FIELD, June 19, … Continue reading

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June 18, 1864: Sherman to Grant

Sherman is trying to flank Johnston again, but the heavy rains have turned the red clay into an impassable mud slough. The enforced idleness gives him a chance to write at greater length to Grant. He gives a summary of … Continue reading

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June 17, 1864: Johnston falls back

Sherman’s push on the salient at Gilgal Church put Johnson in a tight spot, and convinced him to drop back behind Noyes’ Creek, abandoning Lost Mountain. However, his new line has a vulnerable salient where it bends eastward from the … Continue reading

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June 16, 1864: Sherman changes his mind.

Sherman had thought that Johnston was abandoning his position, when in fact he was just falling back to very strong line anchored on Kennesaw and Lost Mountains. Despite his repeated statements that he was not going to try a frontal … Continue reading

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June 11, 1864: Johnston on the hills

Sherman reports to Halleck that Johnston is entrenched on Lost Mountain, Pine Mountain, and Kennesaw Mountain. He plans to be careful, but mainly to keep Johnston from reinforcing Lee. Official Records: BIG SHANTY, GA., June 11, 1864 – 8.30 p. … Continue reading

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June 5, 1864: Johnston has skedaddled

Johnston is flanked again, and withdraws, this time to Kennesaw Mountain. As Sherman says, “I expect the enemy to fight us at Kennesaw Mountain, near Marietta, but I will not run head on his fortifications.” He’ll consolidate his forces, see … Continue reading

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May 18, 1864: Johnston sets a trap

Joe Johnston ******************************************************** Sherman reports to Halleck that Johnston is headed for Kingston, and prepares to follow him in force. In fact, Johnston is feinting the retreat due south to Kingston, and has constructed a fortified position 6 miles east … Continue reading

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