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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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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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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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ECW Weekender: Tramping with Mr. Resaca

The sixty-three-year-old Union general ascended the parapet and gazed through his field glasses at the scene of a bloody stalemate. A Confederate sharpshooter a few hundred yards to the east took careful upward aim and fired. The ball pierced the … Continue reading

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C’mon, Cump!

In his recent, admiring biography of William Tecumseh Sherman, Brian Holden Reid terms him a “dazzling literary stylist.” Well, watch out for that razzle-dazzle, at least in Sherman’s Memoirs (1875). I am not the first to notice that in his … Continue reading

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Logan’s Attack at Resaca

The battle of Resaca was, numbers wise, the largest battle fought in the state of Georgia, with 158,787 men engaged on both sides. Fought on this date in 1864, Resaca was also the first major battle of the Atlanta Campaign. … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Monuments

This small stone marker sits at the foot of a low ridge just outside of the very sleepy burg of Resaca, in north Georgia. In mid-may, 1864, Resaca was little more than a railroad stop and a fortified camp to … Continue reading

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Chickamauga and Resaca in March 2017

Dear readers, Some of you may know that every year I organize a two-day tour in March, to Chickamauga. This year, the dates are March 10-11, 2017. We will be exploring the new Georgia Park at Resaca, and then spending … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Resaca, on the Occasion of the Opening of the New Battlefield Park

During this past weekend (May 13-15), the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site has formally opened with much pageantry—and great weather! [NOTE: See Michael K. Shaffer’s Sunday post for details.] See my feature article on Resaca in Blue & Gray’s Summer 2015 … Continue reading

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The Grand Opening of the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site

Today, we’re pleased to get a “man in the field” report from guest poster Michael K. Shaffer of Civil War Historian, who attended Friday’s grand opening of the new battlefield park at Resaca, Georgia. He sent us this dispatch. Gathering … Continue reading

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