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Author Topic: HOOD ATTACKS AT PEACH TREE CREEK: 1864  (Read 30 times)
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« on: July 20, 2018, 07:29:14 am »

He connived to get the command from Joseph E. Johnston, and succeeded [not that it took much effort, Jefferson Davis loathed Johnston - and vice versa]. But having gotten it, he had to demonstrate his willingness to abandon retreat for attack. And at Peach Ttree Creek, outside Atlanta, that's just what he did.

The plan was, in a sense, a replay of Lee's opening of the Seven Days - attack a separated portion of Sherman's Army, and destroy it. the plan was solid, the execution was not. and Hood was no Lee. More importantly, George Thomas was no McClellan.

The Confederate deployment was slow, and the Union response wasn't. So Hood's attack went in against an entrenched Federal line, being rapidly reinforced. The result was that his Army met a Union force of roughly equal size. and because of the delay in deployment, his Army attacked in a series of attacks, by division.

The result was that at the end of the day, Thomas was across the Creek, and Hood was up it. And despite his losses, Hood would press on in a series of attacks that moved from northeast of Atlanta's outskirts to the southwest and eventually south southeast, a total of five battles.

And when it was over, Hood had to evacuate Atlanta, being unable to stop Sherman from cutting his last line of supply [He'd lost too many troops]. And Joe Johnston probably had a small smile on his face.

You can get more with a smile, a handshake and a gun than you can with a smile and a handshake - Al Capone
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