History Of The Atlanta Campaign

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The Atlanta Campaign was a series of battles fought throughout northwest Georgia from May 7, 1864 to September 2, 1864. The Union Commander was Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and the Confederate Commander was Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. On May 1864, Sherman was battling the Confederate Army of Tennessee for northern Georgia which caused the major manufacturing center and railroad hub, Atlanta, to be at stake. Near Chattanooga, Sherman had 11,000 men and 254 cannons in 3 armies while Johnston had 53,800 officers plus the 15,000 reinforcements in Dalton. In an interview, a Confederate soldier says, "Johnston 's strategy was to take a strong defensive position and waiting for the enemy to attack." On the other side, a Union soldier said, "Sherman
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