Category Archives: James B. McPherson

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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July 21, 1864: McPherson is concerned about his left flank

Sherman orders McPherson to push westward from Decatur toward Atlanta, as his other armies join him to ring the city. McPherson, forming Sherman’s left flank, is concerned that Hood seems to be moving troops around his unprotected left. He’s moving … Continue reading

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July 19, 1864: Sherman closes in on Atlanta

Sherman sets out his orders for the attack on Atlanta. Schofield and McPherson are about to link up at Decatur; Thomas is still getting his troops across the creeks north of Atlanta. And both rumors and the Atlanta papers are … Continue reading

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July 18, 1864: Sherman’s armies separated

Sherman’s troops are taking their positions around Atlanta. Thomas occupies the position just north of Atlanta, and is in the process of crossing Peachtree Creek; his IV Corps under O.O. Howard is crossing the tributary Nancy Creek. Schofield and McPherson … 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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June 30, 1864: Thomas is lenient with Keim

Sherman had Thomas arrest the New York Herald reporter Keim because he revealed publicly that Sherman’s troops had possession of Johnston’s semaphore code. While he could in theory had shot him as a spy, Thomas just kicked him out of … Continue reading

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June 29, 1864: Sherman resumes his flanking tactics.

Sherman reports to Halleck about his loss at Kennesaw, and he understates it — he actually lost more like 3000 men in the battle. Nevertheless, he’s back to his old pattern of sidling around Johnston’s left. Official Records: NEAR KENESAW, … Continue reading

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June 28, 1864: Next step

Unlike many of the Union commanders, when Sherman suffered a defeat like the one at Kennesaw Mountain, he did not fall back. Instead, he made plans to move forward again. While the attack on the center of Johnston’s line was … Continue reading

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