Battle of New Hope Church

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Battle of New Hope Church
Began:

May 25, 1864

Ended:

May 26, 1864

Location:

Paulding 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 Hooker
Major General, USA

Joseph E. Johnston
General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

1,600

350

  

After Johnston retreated to Allatoona Pass on May 19-20, Sherman decided that he would most likely pay dearly for attacking Johnston there, so he determined to move around Johnston’s left flank and steal a march toward Dallas. Johnston anticipated Sherman’s move and met the Union forces at New Hope Church. Sherman mistakenly surmised that Johnston had a token force and ordered Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s corps to attack. This corps was severely mauled. On the 26th, both sides en-trenched, and skirmishing continued throughout the day. Actions the next day in this area are discussed under Pickett’s Mills. (NPS summary)

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