Monthly Archives: May 2014

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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May 27, 1864: Pickett’s Mill

The battles around New Hope Church extended eastward toward Pickett’s Mill on the 27th, with Sherman’s armies encountering Johnston’s in a fortified line. On the night of the 27th, Johnston’s troops were emboldened to make a rare night attack. The … Continue reading

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May 26, 1864: More at New Hope Church

Sherman’s troops, having struck Johnston’s lines on the 25th, continue to have localized conflicts as they move on Dallas. McPherson comes up against a strong position near New Hope Church. Sherman issued orders to try to get his armies all … Continue reading

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May 25, 1864: New Hope Church, part 1

Thomas’s forces moved southward toward Dallas, GA, but Johnston was prepared in force to resist this movement. Throughout the day the fighting was heavy, but Johnston retreated into his entrenchments. Official Records: From Gen. Thomas’ report: On the 25th the … Continue reading

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May 24, 1864: North Georgia starving

While Johnston and Sherman conduct a dance that moves ever southward, the people who live in north Georgia are missing out on the fun. The weather hasn’t been kind to them to start with, and between Confederate cavalry and Union … Continue reading

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May 23, 1864: Sherman moves,and Johnston prepares

Sherman is moving south again toward Dallas, GA, while Johnston is preparing for him. The town of Dallas, GA will be central to some bloody struggles, if smaller in scale than many more famous battles. From Gen. Thomas’ report: By … Continue reading

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May 22, 1864: A race for Atlanta

The army telegraph service was an odd arrangement in the Civil War. Thomas Eckert was the chief of telegraphy in the war department, and Van Duzer was in charge of telegraphy in Sherman’s theater. The telegraphy staff operated independently of … Continue reading

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