Category Archives: Atlanta

September 30, 1864: Hood moving north

John Bell Hood ************************************************** Sherman finds that Forrest is threatening Nashville, while at least part of Hood’s infantry is north of the Chattahoochee. While there is some cause for concern, leading Thomas to forbid furloughs for his troops till the … Continue reading

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September 24, 1864: Forrest heads for Tennessee

Forrest is attacking at Athens, AL — about 100 miles due south of Nashville. There is some dispute about the strength of his force, and even whether it is really his. Regardless, it appears he intends to threaten Tennessee, probably … Continue reading

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September 23, 1864: Hood up to something

Brig. Gen Hugh Judson Kilpatrick ************************************************ Kilpatrick reports to Sherman that Hood has cavalry across the Chattahoochee to his southwest, and is threatening the railroad line back to Chattanooga. Sherman’s position in Atlanta is precarious; he has to supply his … Continue reading

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September 20, 1864: Sherman’s not so bad.

Augusta Daily Constitutionalist ran an article from the Macon Telegraph about the treatment of refugees from Atlanta. Surprisingly, the Georgia press reports that Sherman’s treating them pretty well. DAILY CONSTITUTIONALIST [AUGUSTA, GA], September 20, 1864, p. 2, c. 1 From … Continue reading

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September 20, 1864: Hood on the move

Kilpatrick’s cavalry find that Hood is probing northward, while apparently the infantry are preparing to make a pontoon bridge crossing of the Chattahoochee somewhere. Sherman’s keeping an eye on them. HDQRS. THIRD CAV., DIV., DEPT OF THE CUMBERLAND, Camp Crooks, … Continue reading

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September 19, 1864: Sherman to Grant

Sherman reports to Grant. He’s keeping an eye on Hood’s movements, but he needs recruits to replace troops whose enlistment is up. Official Records: DQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, Atlanta, Ga., September 19, 1864. Lieutenant General … Continue reading

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September 18, 1864: Hardee, get a move on.

Hood needs Hardee to move to arrange his counterattack on Sherman. Official Records: LOVEJOY’S STATION, GA., September 18, 1864. Lieutenant-General HARDEE, Jonesborough: If you do not move to-day, General Hood expects you to march and get into position to-morrow. He … Continue reading

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September 17, 1864: Fall of Atlanta and the loss of Confederate property

The Richmond Daily Dispatch gives an uncharacteristically honest look into the turmoil surrounding Hood’s abandonment of Atlanta. The loss of Government property at Atlanta. –A letter to the Augusta (Ga.)Register gives an account of the loss of Government property at … Continue reading

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September 16, 1864: Halleck congratulates Sherman

Sherman and Halleck were old friends, and occasionally they wrote each other warm personal notes. In this letter, Halleck praises Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, commiserates with him over the state “Negro recruiters”, and dishes a little dirt on Hooker, who left … Continue reading

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September 14, 1864: Situation in Atlanta

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints a couple of Georgia newspaper articles about the state of captured Atlanta. Firstly, Hood has Sherman right where he wants him, since he’s not burdened with an excess of troops. Second, it’s disappointing that some … Continue reading

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