June 29, 1864: Sherman resumes his flanking tactics.

Sherman in Atlanta, 1864

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, June 29, 1864.

Major- General HALLECK,

Washington, D. C.:

Our loss on the 27th will not exceed 1,500. As usual, the first reports were overstated. General Harker is dead. The wounded are doing well and most are already sent to the rear in cars. Some few of the dead and wounded were left in the enemy’s hands close to his parapet. I am accumulating stores that will enable me to cut loose from the railroad for a time and avoid the Kenesaw Hill, which gives the enemy too much advantage. I will aim to get to the railroad below Marietta by a circuit or actually reach the Chattahoochee. Our right flank is now on the Sandtown road below Olley’s Creek.


Major- General, Commanding.


In the Field, near Kenesaw, June 29, 1864.

General THOMAS:

Before I make the move contemplated I will want General Schofield to drive the enemy on the Sandtown road well down the peninsula between Nickajack and Sweet Water. Can you group your command so as to cover the space from General McPherson to and including the Powder Springs road?


Major- General, Commanding.

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