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Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:11 AM
Subject: June 27 - TODAY IN HISTORY
> 1864 : Confederate and Union forces clash at the Battle of Kennesaw
> On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman launches a major
> attack on Confederate General Joseph Johnston's army at the Battle of
> Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
> Beginning in early May, Sherman began a slow advance down the 100-mile
> corridor from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Atlanta, refraining from making
> large-scale assaults. The campaign was marked by many smaller battles and
> constant skirmishes but no decisive encounters. Johnston was losing
> but he was also buying time for the Confederates. With Sherman frustrated
> Georgia, and Ulysses S. Grant unable to knock out Robert E. Lee's army in
> Virginia, the Union war effort was stalled, casualty rates were high, and
> the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln appeared unlikely.
> In the days leading up to the assault at Kennesaw Mountain, Sherman
> tried to
> flank Johnston. Since one of Johnston's generals, John Bell Hood, attacked
> at Kolb's Farm, Georgia, and lost 1,500 precious Confederate soldiers,
> Sherman believed that Johnston's line was stretched thin and that an
> would break the Rebels. So he changed his tactics and planned a move
> the center of the Confederate lines around Kennesaw Mountain. He feigned
> attacks on both of Johnston's flanks, then hurled 8,000 men at the
> Confederate center. It was a disaster. Entrenched Southerners bombarded
> Yankees, who were attacking uphill. Three thousand Union troops fell,
> compared with just 500 Confederates.
> The battle was only a marginal Confederate victory. Sherman remained
> place for four more days, but one of the decoy attacks on the Confederate
> flanks did, in fact, place the Union troops in a position to cut into
> Johnston's rear. On July 2, Johnston had to vacate his Kennesaw Mountain
> lines and retreat toward Atlanta. Sherman followed, and the slow campaign
> lurched on into the Georgia summer.
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