Category Archives: Western Theater

Jonesborough, Georgia: The Battle that Doomed Atlanta

Like Corinth, Mississippi or Petersburg, Virginia, the town of Jonesboro, Georgia was significant to military planners and general officers for one simple fact: two or more railroads came to a junction there. Running south from Atlanta was the Macon and Western … Continue reading

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To Georgia With Lee

When John Bell Hood assumed command of the Army of Tennessee on July 18, 1864 he quickly changed the tactics employed by the main Confederate army in the west. Under the leadership of Joseph E. Johnston, the Army of Tennessee … Continue reading

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A Union Catastrophe by the Name of Red River

While the spring of 1864 marked the launch of a Union overland campaign in Virginia, it also signified a Federal disaster in the West. For three long months, the North had tried to take control of the Red River in … Continue reading

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Shot Pouch’s Eighth Shot

To say that Major General William Henry Talbot “Shot Pouch” Walker was a difficult man is an understatement. Known for his quarrelsome personality, he was a West Point classmate of Braxton Bragg and Joe Hooker and had demonstrated personal bravery … Continue reading

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“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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