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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group.... Read the below Post from our friend Sally Pavia .... very interesting!! Thanks Sally!!!! ... Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:11 AM
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2012
      Hello Group....
      Read the below Post from our friend Sally Pavia .... very
      interesting!! Thanks Sally!!!!

      ----- Original Message -----
      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
      > Mountain
      > 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
      > any
      > large-scale assaults. The campaign was marked by many smaller battles and
      > constant skirmishes but no decisive encounters. Johnston was losing
      > ground,
      > but he was also buying time for the Confederates. With Sherman frustrated
      > in
      > 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
      > assault
      > would break the Rebels. So he changed his tactics and planned a move
      > against
      > 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
      > the
      > 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
      > in
      > 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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