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Author Garrison, Webb B.
Title Atlanta and the war / Webb Garrison.
Imprint Nashville, Tenn. : Rutledge Hill Press, c1995.
Book Jacket
 Main Collection  F294.A857 G368 1995    AVAILABLE


Call # F294.A857 G368 1995
Phys. Description 283 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-274) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Part 1 : Three armies head for Dalton. Indian country seemed just the place for an inland port -- Hit hard on both fronts at once! -- Far too strong for a frontal assault -- Ready to destroy Joe Johnston -- Orderly withdrawal in lieu of all-out combat -- Part 2 : Slugging it out, mile by mile. Over the Oostenaula -- Three or four miles a day -- The rubicon of Georgia -- Into the hell hole -- The enemy must be in a bad condition -- Judgment day at Kenesaw -- Part 3 : A fresh target and a new foe. Joe Johnston can withdraw; Atlanta cannot -- John B. Hood takes command -- Peach Tree Creek -- The Battle of Atlanta -- Part 4 : Too strong to attack, too large to invest. Atlanta's defenses were something to see -- Iron rain poured during a red day in August -- Firing never ceased, day or night -- Atlanta is ours, and fairly won! -- Part 5 : New Gibraltar of the West. You must all leave -- An empty town, barely occupied -- Saltwater! -- Atlanta tipped the scales for a despondent Lincoln -- Up from the ashes.
Summary The destruction of Atlanta during the Civil War was not the result of a grand strategy hammered out by William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant in the spring of 1864. According to Webb Garrison, the havoc wreaked on the city was brought about by Sherman's dogged pursuit of the Army of Tennessee across northern Georgia. The Confederate Army of Tennessee was tenacious, and thus the Union victory came slowly. The fall of Atlanta was crucial to the outcome of the Civil War because with the loss of Atlanta, morale in the South plummeted, one of the Confederacy's last significant manufacturing centers was destroyed, and the flow of food and supplies to the Virginia battlefront was halted. Moreover, the publicity surrounding the taking of Atlanta played a large role in Abraham Lincoln's reelection campaign, thus ensuring that the war would continue until the Union was restored. - Jacket.
Local Note Donated by Phil Marklin
Subject Atlanta (Ga.) -- History.
Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
Confederate States of America. Army of Tennessee.
ISBN 1558533397 (hardcover)
9781558533394 (hardcover)