Atlanta 1864: Last Chance for the Confederacy (Great by Richard M. McMurry

By Richard M. McMurry

"Atlanta 1864" brings to lifestyles this significant crusade of the Civil struggle, as federal armies below William T. Sherman contended with Joseph E. Johnston and his successor, John Bell Hood, and moved progressively via Georgia to occupy the rail and advertisement heart of Atlanta. Sherman's efforts have been undertaken as his former commander, Ulysses S. provide, set out on an analogous undertaking to break Robert E. Lee or force him again to Richmond. those struggles have been the millstones that provide meant to exploit to grind the Confederacy's energy into dirt. by means of fall, Sherman's good fortune in Georgia had guaranteed the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and made up our minds that the government may by no means acquiesce within the independence of the Confederacy. Richard M. McMurry examines the Atlanta crusade as a political and armed forces solidarity within the context of the higher fight of the battle itself. Richard M. McMurry is an self sufficient pupil and the writer of "John Bell Hood" and the "War for Southern Independence (Nebraska 1992)" and "Two nice insurgent Armies: An Essay in accomplice army History".

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Davis’s belief that Johnston was too timid to undertake any meaningful action was confirmed. The general had no end of excuses as to why he could not act. Johnston saw in the government’s unrealistic proposals yet more efforts to push him into foolish actions that most likely would result in the destruction of his army and the ruination of his reputation. Were the general’s family members, his political friends in Richmond, and some of his military staff correct when they warned him that the chief executive’s hatred ran so deep that he would risk destruction of the Army of Tennessee simply to bring disgrace upon a personal enemy?

Even worse, Johnston exhibited little appreciation of the all-important political side of warfare or of the Confederacy’s massive logistical problems. He often seemed blind to the impact of his military operations on public opinion and morale and on civilians’ willingness to support the government and the war effort. The president was also well aware of Johnston’s close cooperation with the administration’s political foes in Congress and in the press in their unceasing efforts to embarrass the government.

Gen. John A. Logan commanded the XV Corps, which was organized into three divisions for field service with Sherman. The XVI Corps had been divided. Two of its divisions had remained in the Mississippi Valley, and the other two shifted to Tennessee. The latter two, the “Left Wing, XVI Corps,” were commanded  Preparations for the Field by Brig. Gen. Grenville M. Dodge. Several thousand troops of the XVII Corps had also remained in the Mississippi Valley. Maj. Gen. Francis P. Blair commanded the two divisions of that corps slated to operate with Sherman.

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