Category Archives: James B. McPherson

June 27, 1864: Kennesaw Mountain

Official Records: NEAR KENESAW, GA., June 27, 1864- 8 p. m., (Received 1.35 a. m. 28th) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: Pursuant to my orders of the 24th, a diversion was made on each flank of the … 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 9, 1864: Sherman explores Johnston’s line

Sherman knows Johnston has a fortified position somewhere in his front: he sends his armies forward to find the location of that line. As always, he doesn’t want to attack a defensive line head-on — ” Intrenched positions will not … Continue reading

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June 4, 1864: Sherman’s orders

Sherman’s orders define a movement to his left, with the objective of a point on the railroad in front of Acworth — “say Big Shanty” — now known as Kennesaw. Official Records: SPECIAL HDQRS. MIL. DIV. OF THE MISS., FIELD … Continue reading

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June 2, 1864: Stoneman takes Allatoona Pas

Official Records: Sherman’s cavalry under Stoneman have taken Allatoona Pass, and Sherman continues pressing Johnston southward. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Dallas, June 2, 1864. Major-General HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: Yesterday General McPherson moved up … Continue reading

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May 31, 1864: Sherman’s orders to McPherson

Sherman gives McPherson very explicit instructions on his planned movements. Everything hinges on the cavalry taking Allatoona Pass. Official Records: HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, May 31, 1864. Major-General McPHERSON, Commanding Army of the Tennessee: GENERAL: … Continue reading

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May 30, 1864: Sherman plans a move to the left

Official Records: McPherson is pinned down by Johnston’s troops, but Sherman figures they don’t have enough men to hold the line at all points. He plans a flanking maneuver to the left. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the … Continue reading

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May 29, 1864: Aftermath of Dallas

Sherman reports on the battle at Dallas, and his intention to continue moving south. Official Records: NEAR DALLAS, GA., May 29, 1864-7.30 a.m. (Received 10.45 p.m.) Major General H. W. HALLECK, Washington, D. C.: Yesterday we pressed our lines up … Continue reading

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May 28, 1864: Dallas, GA

McPherson engaged a large force of Johnston’s troops outside Dallas, GA. The Union troops repulsed the rebels, but were unable to move them from their entrenchments. HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Ga., May 28, 1864. Major-General … Continue reading

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