By Richard M. McMurry

"Atlanta 1864" brings to existence this significant crusade of the Civil battle, as federal armies below William T. Sherman contended with Joseph E. Johnston and his successor, John Bell Hood, and moved gradually via Georgia to occupy the rail and advertisement middle of Atlanta. Sherman's efforts have been undertaken as his former commander, Ulysses S. furnish, set out on an analogous challenge to spoil Robert E. Lee or force him again to Richmond. those struggles have been the millstones that supply meant to exploit to grind the Confederacy's energy into airborne dirt and dust. by way of fall, Sherman's good fortune in Georgia had guaranteed the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and decided that the government might by no means acquiesce within the independence of the Confederacy. Richard M. McMurry examines the Atlanta crusade as a political and army team spirit within the context of the larger fight of the struggle itself. Richard M. McMurry is an autonomous student 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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It offered several alternate routes to final victory, and it had enough flexibility to exploit any of them.  The new Federal commander, however, had made one crucial error of omission, and neither he nor anyone else knew the answers to two ominous questions that hovered over his strategy. Large numbers of Confederate troops garrisoned points along the Atlantic Coast from eastern North Carolina to northern Florida. Grant had made no provisions in his plans to keep those soldiers occupied. Thus they would be free to reinforce any endangered point.

If Johnston could “beat the enemy when he advances and then . . move forward,” all would be well for the Rebels. The general, on the other hand, withdrew into the world of his army where he could go about his daily activities without much interference from Richmond.  Grand Strategy for   Beyond any reasonable doubt, Johnston was correct about the impossibility of the Army of Tennessee’s conducting large-scale offensive operations that winter. The point that must be understood, however, is the great— and growing—distrust that existed between Davis and Johnston and the barriers that blocked communication between them.

Thomas was destined to finish the war as one of the very few general officers on either side who never suffered defeat on a battlefield where he was in command. On several other occasions when he was not in overall command, Thomas and his troops played the crucial role in achieving victory (Chattanooga, ), staving off defeat (Stones River, ), or preventing defeat from becoming disaster (Chickamauga, ). Thomas, in summary, was a man of great integrity, a very capable general, and a superb soldier.

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