Over the last several days and continuing into the next several days, General Sherman is resting his troops and changing their positions in preparation for an assault on Atlanta. He is trying to deceive General Johnston into believing the attack will come from the west. To do this, he has sent Stoneman’s Cavalry on a raid towards Newnan to destroy the Railroad that connects Atlanta with Alabama. Stoneman’s Cavalry cross the Chattahoochee near Campbelton and skirmish with Confederates along the way. They are unsuccessful and fall back to Villa Rica before returning to the Federal lines along the Chattahoochee. During this time, Sherman is shifting several Corps from his right flank to the left flank at the river crossing in Roswell. The Federal soldiers crossing at Roswell will be shifted to the east of Atlanta. While both armies rest from the rigors of the campaign, there is a great deal of fraternization between the soldiers stationed along the Chattahoochee. There are many documented accounts of trading, usually the Confederates trading tobacco for coffee, as well as other goods and small items. There are accounts of Regimental bands on both sides having competitions and serenading the troops on the opposite side of the river. For some soldiers, this is the first time the have been able to have a bath in weeks. Even General Sherman himself, takes a bath in the river.
For General Johnston, this is a time of uncertainty, President Davis has sent Braxton Bragg, former Commander of The Army of Tennessee, to ascertain the tactical situation in Atlanta and to find out what Johnston plans to do. Davis is considering replacing Johnston and is relying on advice from Bragg as to who the replacement of Johnston should be. This decision would have great bearing on the outcome of the campaign. They met at Johnston’s Headquarters which was established at the Dexter Niles house along the Atlanta road between the Chattahoochee river and the city.
I have been asked, by some of my new friends and some of the reenactors I have met, to post what events I will be photographing next for my project. I will be photographing much more than just these events though, as my project is to cover as much about the Atlanta Campaign and The March to the Sea as possible. Below is a list of events I will be at in the near future. I have added a page to my site to list the events I will be attending. Here a is short list for the near future.
June 14th: Memorial service on Pine Mountain for Bishop-General Leonidas Polk. The closest address is 1436 Beaumont Dr. NW. Kennesaw, Ga. 30152. The event begins at 10:30. I will most likely be there by 9 to take pictures of any reenactors there as well as the earthworks at the site.
June 14th: 150th Anniversary Commemoration, Life of Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk! The Kirk House, 1888 Burnt Hickory Rd. NW Marietta, Ga. 30064. This is the location of Polk’s last headquarters. The event will feature reenactors, artillery demonstrations and special guest from the past.
June 20th – 22nd: Sherman at the Gates, reenactor encampment on the Marietta Square. I will probably be there Friday and maybe Saturday. Check here for details: www.MariettaCivilWar.com
June 26th – 29th: Kennesaw Mountain 150th Event. This will be at many different location through out the park. I will be there each day, trying to cover the different activities and events at all the different locations. If you are a reenactor and want a portrait or would like images for your unit. Contact me through my site and I will arrange to meet you at a specific place and time.