Battle of Peachtree Creek

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Battle of Peachtree Creek
Began:

July 20, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Fulton County, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Atlanta Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Army of the Cumberland

Army of Tennessee

Commanders

George H. Thomas
Major General, USA

John B. Hood
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

1,710

4,796

  

Under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, the Army of Tennessee had retired south of Peachtree Creek, an east to west flowing stream, about three miles north of Atlanta. Sherman split his army into three columns for the assault on Atlanta with George H. Thomas's Army of the Cumberland moving from the north. Johnston had decided to attack Thomas, but Confederate President Jefferson Davis relieved him of command and appointed John B. Hood to take his place. Hood attacked Thomas after his army crossed Peachtree Creek. The determined assault threatened to overrun the Union troops at various locations. Ultimately, though, the Yankees held, and the Rebels fell back. (NPS summary)

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