Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

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Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
Began:

June 27, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Cobb County, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Atlanta Campaign

Outcome:

Confederate victory

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Combatants
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Military Division of
the Mississippi

Army of Tennessee

Commanders

William T. Sherman
Major General, USA

Joseph E. Johnston
General, CSA

Strength

98,500

50,000

Casualties

3,000

1,000

  

On the night of June 18-19, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, fearing envelopment, withdrew his army to a new, previously selected position astride Kennesaw Mountain. This entrenched arc-shaped line, to the north and west of Marietta, protected the Western & Atlantic Railroad, the supply link to Atlanta. Having defeated General John B. Hood troops at Kolb’s Farm on the 22nd, Sherman was sure that Johnston had stretched his line too thin and, therefore, decided on a frontal attack with some diversions on the flanks. On the morning of June 27, Sherman sent his troops forward after an artillery bombardment. At first, they made some headway overrunning Confederate pickets south of the Burnt Hickory Road, but attacking an enemy that was dug in was futile. The fighting ended by noon, and Sherman suffered high casualties. (NPS summary)

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