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Things I have learned on the way to Atlanta — A missed opportunity?

On the night of May 15, Joseph Johnston ordered the Army of Tennessee to abandon Resaca, retreating across the Oostanaula River to the town of Calhoun, six miles to the south. Despite having blunted every Federal attack at Resaca, the … Continue reading

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Civil War Echoes: The Hitless Wonders

Until this year, the largest mismatch between the records of the teams in the World Series was the 1906 Series, which pitted the Chicago Cubs against the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox won the title despite batting only .198; … Continue reading

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Things I have learned on the way to Atlanta – A Blunder at Resaca.

From my forthcoming Volume One of the Atlanta Campaign, to be published by Savas Beatie. On May 14, the Federals made repeated assaults against entrenched Confederates at Resaca. Among the troops caught up in these attacks were some old friends-regiments … Continue reading

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Things I have learned on the way to Atlanta – Johnston as Executioner

Last week’s post, about Yankee pickets firing snow bombs at each other, made me laugh. Soldier life, however, was rarely so amusing. From my forthcoming volume on the first part of the Atlanta Campaign, to be published by Savas Beatie, … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Atlanta Campaign

For most of 2022, I have been deeply immersed in the details and intricacies the Atlanta Campaign. My goal is to write a multi-volume series covering the entire operation from May 1 to September 7, 1864, with each volume covering … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Rocky Face Ridge Park Grand Opening

After 25 years of planning, fundraising, and work, Whitfield County, Georgia will have the grand opening of Rocky Face Ridge Park on Monday, July 25th at 4:30 p. m.. The park, open since spring 2021 is a 1000-acre conservation park. … Continue reading

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“An unmitigated fraud” – Henry Judah at Resaca

On May 16, 1864, just outside Resaca Georgia, Brig. Gen. Milo S. Hascall quietly relinquished command of the Second Brigade, Second Division, XXIII Corps stepping up to take charge of the division. He replaced Brig. Gen. Henry M. Judah. Judah … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Hammets

On May 14, 1864, just north of the Green family cabin, twenty-four-year-old Robert C. Hammet fell dead with a bullet in his brain. His regiment, the 54th Virginia, was ordered into a reckless, suicidal charge against a line of Federal … Continue reading

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“A Piece of Bone,” Bishop Polk, and the National Tribune

Editor’s note: Stephen Davis’ forthcoming book, The National Tribune Remembers the Atlanta Campaign, will be published next year by Savas Beatie. The National Tribune, a weekly newspaper published in Washington from 1877 to 1943, was arguably the most comprehensive repository … Continue reading

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Scenes from Rocky Face Ridge

I had the remarkable opportunity today to visit the crest of Rocky Face Ridge just outside Dalton, Georgia. My visit came as part of a video swing by the American Battlefield Trust with Garry Adelman and Kris White, and our … Continue reading

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