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The Battle of Peach Tree Creek
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The Battle of Peach Tree Creek: Hood's First Effort to Save Atlanta

Earl J. Hess

Abstract

On July 20, 1864, the Civil War struggle for Atlanta reached a pivotal moment. As William T. Sherman's Union forces came ever nearer the city, Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaced the defending Confederate Army of Tennessee's commander, Joseph E. Johnston, and elevated John Bell Hood to replace him. This decision stunned and demoralized Confederate troops just when Hood was compelled to take the offensive against the approaching Federals. Attacking northward from Atlanta's defences, Hood's men struck George H. Thomas's Army of the Cumberland just after it crossed Peach Tree Creek on ... More

Keywords: Peach Tree Creek, Joseph E. Johnston, John Bell Hood, George H. Thomas, Army of Tennessee, William T. Sherman, Jefferson Davis, Morale, Atlanta campaign

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469634197
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634197.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Earl J. Hess, author