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The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta$
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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622415

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622415.001.0001

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Enough for One or Two More Killings

Enough for One or Two More Killings

Evaluating Ezra Church

(p.162) Chapter Ten Enough for One or Two More Killings
The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter reflects on the implications of the battle of Ezra Church, as rumors and reports of the conflict began to circulate. The Federals were effusive in their praise for their men, even as most Confederates clearly recognized the magnitude of their defeat at Ezra Church. All three of Hood's battles north, east, and west of Atlanta during the last two weeks of July were filled with mistakes and miscues, providing fodder for a rethinking of events after the fact. Hood was responsible for many of these blunders, but his fellow officers, including Lee, bore the responsibility for others. To the rank and file who survived what happened on that bloody afternoon, a lifetime of making sense of Ezra Church was in store.

Keywords:   Ezra Church, Federals, Confederates, John Bell Hood, Stephen D. Lee

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