Category Archives: Western Theater

“I want the American flag!”—Manning Force and the Battle of Atlanta

Conclusion of a two-part series After their hard fight the previous day, the men of Manning Force’s brigade still had a lot of work to do when they awoke on Friday, July 22. They had slept amongst the casualties from … Continue reading

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Death of an Army Commander

150 years ago today at 11 AM, the U.S. Army lost its first-ever Army Commander to die at the head of his troops, Major General James B. McPherson of the Army of the Tennessee. General McPherson grew up in Ohio … Continue reading

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Dan McCook’s Death

Among the men of both sides who fell killed or mortally wounded at the Battle of Kennesaw, arguably the most prominent is Union Colonel Daniel McCook Jr., who suffered a mortal wound on June 27, 1864 while leading his brigade … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: Bragg’s Bittersweet Visit

On July 13th, 1864, Braxton Bragg arrived in Atlanta on a grim mission, one that might suit his grim appearance. Bragg’s mission was to confer with Joseph E. Johnston and determine what his plan was to defend Atlanta—if there even … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: Crossing the Chattahoochee

150 years ago today, the final strong barrier between the forces of William T. Sherman and Atlanta—the Chattahoochee River—was crossed as elements of Wilder’s Lightning Brigade (now commanded by Col. Abram Miller) crossed the river near the now-deserted mill town … Continue reading

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“Bitter” Bierce

Among the men missing from the roles of the Army of the Cumberland after the Kennesaw Line was twenty-two-year-old Lt. Ambrose Bierce. Bierce is famous for his dark and disturbing writings, the most famous of which, An Occurrence at Owl … Continue reading

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Down Yonder On the Chattahoochee

With Johnston’s withdrawal from Kennesaw, the scene of war in Georgia shifted south to the vicinity of Atlanta. Approximately 8 miles northwest of the city itself ran the Chattahoochee River, the last major natural obstacle between Sherman’s army group and … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: “Save Yourselves, Boys!”

As the main attack of the XV Corps moved forward, one of the most savage actions of the fight on the north end of the Kennesaw line occurred in the diversion assault launched by the Army of the Tennessee. In … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: “Boys, This is Butchery”

Along the front of the 1st Arkansas at Kennesaw, the slaughter was terrible as they poured fire into the ranks of Charlie Harker’s Federal command. Amongst all of this savagery one incident occurs that is startling considering the nature of … Continue reading

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The Kennesaw Line: Eyewitness at the Dead Angle

The fighting at the Dead Angle on Cheatham Hill was some of the most brutal in the Civil War, similar to the vicious fight at Spotsylvania Court House. Captain James Hall of the 9th Tennessee Infantry gave a graphic account … Continue reading

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