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Fighting for Atlanta: Tactics, Terrain, and Trenches in the Civil War

Earl J. Hess


As William T. Sherman’s Union troops began their campaign for Atlanta in the spring of 1864, they encountered Confederate forces employing field fortifications located to take advantage of rugged terrain. While the Confederate Army of Tennessee consistently acted on the defensive, digging eighteen lines of earthworks from May to September, the Federals used fieldworks both defensively and offensively. With 160,000 troops engaged on both sides and hundreds of miles of trenches dug, fortifications became a defining factor in the Atlanta campaign battles. These engagements took place on topograph ... More

Keywords: Atlanta Campaign, William T. Sherman, Joseph E. Johnston, John B. Hood, Field fortifications, Terrain, Tactics, Soldier life, Trench warfare, Topography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643427
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Earl J. Hess, author
Lincoln Memorial University