The Atlanta Campaign Part 3: Crossing the Chattahoochee Followed By Nine Bloody Days of Battle, July 9-28, 1864

March 21-25, 2018
A BGES Civil War Field University Program
With Gary Ecelberger and Robert Jenkins Sr. from Marietta, Georgia

It had taken two months; but, Sherman had maneuvered and battled his way to the banks of the Chattahoochee River. In the process he destroyed what remained of President Jefferson Davis’ confidence in Joseph E. Johnston. The quiet but prickly general had steadily retreated in the wake of expansive turning movements that drew the Union army ever closer to the key transportation hub of Atlanta. With Robert E. Lee having been bloodily beaten back into entrenchments around Petersburg, Davis sent his military advisor, General Braxton Bragg to Atlanta to ask Johnston’s plans for saving Atlanta. At the same time he asked Robert E. Lee what he thought of the Corps Commanders now operating under Hood. Leonidas Polk had been killed at Pine Mountain and William Hardee had previously declined promotion to full general and command of the army. This left the young but pugnacious Lieutenant General John Bell Hood. Bell as he was known to his friends was relatively new to the theater and had only been promoted to his current rank six months prior. He was but 34 years old and was about to become the youngest four star general in US military history. This is the story of the defense of Atlanta.

As this series enters its 3rd session, for only the second time in BGES history, each day of our four days in the field is enhanced by an entire book dedicated to the topic of that particular day, and those books are written by the tour guides who will lead us through each of those days (Gordon Rhea was the first guide).

The complete itinerary is here on our main website: The Atlanta Campaign Part 3: Crossing the Chattahoochee Followed By Nine Bloody Days of Battle, July 9-28, 1864.

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