General Hood Will Attack Me Here!

Earl J. Hess

in The Battle of Ezra Church and the Struggle for Atlanta

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print May 2015 | ISBN: 9781469622415
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781469623238
General Hood Will Attack Me Here!

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This chapter describes the state of both Union and Confederate armies in the few hours before Ezra Church was to become a battleground, as well as the ensuing skirmish. The battle itself tested the leadership skills of both armies, with Sherman's close supervision of his army, and the conflict of battle plans between Lee and Hood. The outcome of the skirmishing along Lick Skillet Road would end in favor of the Federals, but soon the tide seemed to turn. The course of the skirmishing near Ezra Church demonstrated once again that the Federals were willing to commit substantial manpower to the mini-battles that developed between the lines. Due to a tragic miscalculation on Lee's part, the Confederate army would lose thousands of its men on a dubious battlefield endeavor.

Keywords: William T. Sherman; John Bell Hood; Stephen D. Lee; Lick Skillet Road; Ezra Church; Federal victory

Chapter.  6619 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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