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John Bell Hood brought a hang-dog look and a hard-fighting spirit to the Army of Tennessee. Once one of the ablest division commanders in the Army of Northern Virginia, he found himself, by the spring of 1864, in the war’s Western Theater. Recently recovered from grievous wounds sustained at Chickamauga, he suddenly found himself thrust into command of the Confederacy’s ill-starred army even as Federals pounded on the door of the Deep South’s greatest untouched city, Atlanta.
His predecessor, Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, had failed to stop the advance of armies under Federal commander William T. Sherman, who had pushed and maneuvered his way from Chattanooga, Tennessee, right to Atlanta’s very doorstep. Johnston had been able to do little to stop him.
The crisis could not have been more acute.
Hood, an aggressive risk-taker, threw his men into the fray with unprecedented vigor. Sherman welcomed it.
“We’ll give them all the fighting they want,” Sherman said.
He proved a man of his word.
In All the Fighting They Want, Georgia native Steve Davis, the world’s foremost authority on the Atlanta campaign, tells the tale of the last great struggle for the city. His Southern sensibility and his knowledge of the battle, accumulated over a lifetime of living on the ground, make this an indispensable addition to the acclaimed Emerging Civil War Series.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Prologue: John Bell Hood at Gaines's Mill xiii
Chapter 1 The Summer of '64 1
Chapter 2 Hood Takes Command 7
Chapter 3 The Battle of Peachtree Creek 19
Chapter 4 The Fight for the Bald Hill 31
Chapter 5 Hood's Flank Attack of July 22 35
Chapter 6 Sherman's Bombardment and "General Issues 51
Chapter 7 Ezra Church 59
Chapter 8 The McCook-Stone Man Cavalry Raid 67
Chapter 9 Hood's Railroad Defense Line and the Fight at Utoy Creek 75
Chapter 10 "Too Hot to Be Endured" 81
Chapter 11 Wheeler's Raid and Kilpatrick's Raid 87
Chapter 12 Hood Tries to Make Good his Losses 93
Chapter 13 Sherman's "Grand Movement by the Right Flank" 101
Chapter 14 "Atlanta is Ours and Fairly Won" 109
Epilogue: Measuring Sherman's Achievement 117
Driving Tour 125
Appendix A Confederate Monuments in and mound Atlanta Gould Hagler 137
Appendix B Civil War Collections at the Atlanta History Center Gordon Jones 145
Appendix C The Battle of Atlanta on Canvas: A Brief History of the Atlanta Gyclorama Gordon Jones 151
Order of Battle 156
Suggested Reading 174
About the Author 176
List of Maps
Maps Hat Jespersen
Grant-Presstman Perimeter 8
Battle of Peachtree Creek 20
Hardee's Flank Attark 36
Battle of Ezra Church 60
McCook-Stoneman Union Cavalry Raid 68
Confederate Railway Defense Line 76
March to the Macon & Western 102
Driving Route 124