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By James M. McPherson, Bruce Catton

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Here is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bruce Catton's unsurpassed account of the Civil battle, the most relocating chapters in American history.

Introduced by way of Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. McPherson, the ebook vividly strains the epic fight among the Blue and grey, from the early department among the North and South to the ultimate hand over of accomplice troops.

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Thomas, with the remainder of the military, was once crossing Peachtree Creek, and there has been a spot of a number of miles among his forces and the lads of McPherson and Schofield. On July 20, Hood attacked Thomas savagely, hoping to smash him ahead of Sherman might reunite his forces. Hood’s troops attacked with spirit, yet there by no means was once a greater protecting fighter than George Thomas, and his troops have been nearly as good as their normal. Hood’s assault used to be crushed off, the Confederates had big losses, and Thomas’ military was once in a position to reestablish touch with McPherson and Schofield. days later, Hood struck back, swinging east, looking to hit McPherson within the flank the best way Jackson had hit Hooker at Chancellorsville. The struggle that resulted, often called the conflict of Atlanta, used to be determined, and it got here quite with reference to luck. McPherson was once killed, and for a time, a part of his military used to be being assailed from entrance and rear at the same time. however the Unionists rallied eventually, the accomplice attacks failed, and Hood pulled his males again contained in the fortified strains. the 2 battles jointly had price him upward of 13,000 males, and Sherman now used to be pinning him in his earthworks. The railroads that got here to Atlanta from the north and east were lower, and Sherman started to swing ponderously round via his correct, hoping to arrive the Macon and Western that ran southwest from Atlanta. Hood back got here out to assault him, and there has been a troublesome struggle at Ezra Church west of the town; the Confederates have been repulsed once more, with losses heavier than they can find the money for, and Sherman used to be an extended step closer the seize of Atlanta. It used to be Atlanta that he sought after now. He had began to damage the accomplice military in his entrance, and this he had by no means been in a position to do. because Hood changed Johnston, that military were badly mangled, however it nonetheless existed as an efficient scuffling with strength, and Sherman have been altering his goal. If he may get the town, the crusade will be a hit, although it wouldn't be the ultimate, conclusive luck he had was hoping to win. Hood on my own couldn't maintain him out of Atlanta indefinitely; Sherman had greater than a two-to-one virtue in numbers now, and he may possibly succeed in farther and farther round the urban, slicing the railroad connections and compelling the defenders eventually to evacuate. Sherman’s leader fear used to be his personal rear - the railroad that went again to Chattanooga, down the Tennessee Valley to Bridgeport, and up via Nashville to Kentucky. there has been within the Confederacy one guy who may possibly function on that line so successfully that Sherman must retreat - Bedford Forrest - and because the siege of Atlanta begun, Sherman’s nice situation used to be to place Forrest out of motion. regrettably for Sherman, all makes an attempt to do that led to ignominious defeat; the Federal military, it sounds as if, contained no subordinate common in a position to dealing with this self-taught soldier. Early in June, Sherman despatched a powerful cavalry column below significant normal Samuel D. Sturgis down into Mississippi from Memphis, within the wish that Forrest will be compelled right into a wasting conflict.

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