150 Years Ago Today: July 19th, 1864

July 19th, 1864:
     It is General Hood’s first full day in command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee.  He is working to get a grip on the tactical situation and is making plans for a fight near Atlanta.  He plans to attack the Federal Army of the Cumberland, commanded by General Thomas, after it crosses Peachtree Creek and before they can entrench.  Once the Army of the Cumberland is pushed back to the Chattahoochee River and has surrendered or been crushed, he plans to turn the Confederate Army toward the east and attack the Federals east of Atlanta.
    At General Sherman’s urging, General Thomas has sped up his southward movement and has the majority of the army across Peachtree Creek.  Sherman has also ordered him to send Howard’s Corps to the east to reinforce Schofield and McPherson should the Confederate Army turn on them. 
     Unbeknownst to General Hood, McPherson is already in Decatur and has begun to destroy the railroad tracks and occupy the city.  Garrard’s Cavalry has been sent as far east as he deems prudent to destroy as much of the railroad towards Augusta as he can.  General Schofield an his army of the Tennessee are linking up with McPherson in Decatur. 
     Nearly continuous skirmishing takes place all along the Federal advance.

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Author: Clint Brownlee

My name is Clint Brownlee and I am a Photographer in Woodstock, Georgia with over 20 years of photographic experience in many different aspects of photography. I have photographed everything from weddings, special events and portraits to published materials, but my passion has always been Fine Art and Nature Photography. I have had a several shows at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and The Roswell Visual Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia. I now sell through my website: www.clintbrownleephotography.com

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