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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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(p.194) Conclusion
The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter remarks on how the huge disparity between Federal and Confederate casualties convinced many that Federal victory at the battle of Ezra Church could be nothing more than a foregone conclusion. Such isn't the case—as illustrated in the previous chapters—as the Federal army generally considered it to be a difficult, if not outright desperate, skirmish. In many ways, the short movement of Howard's Army of the Tennessee to the west of Atlanta and the resulting battle of Ezra Church represented a significant and instructive phase of the Atlanta campaign. Yet the physical environment of the battlefield itself would be replaced over time by postwar markers of material culture, leaving only historical documents and personal accounts of the event to echo the lessons of Ezra Church.

Keywords:   Ezra Church, Federal casualties, Confederate casualties, Atlanta campaign, material culture

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