By Richard M. McMurry
"Atlanta 1864" brings to existence this important crusade of the Civil battle, as federal armies less than William T. Sherman contended with Joseph E. Johnston and his successor, John Bell Hood, and moved gradually via Georgia to occupy the rail and advertisement middle of Atlanta. Sherman's efforts have been undertaken as his former commander, Ulysses S. provide, set out on the same venture to wreck Robert E. Lee or force him again to Richmond. those struggles have been the millstones that provide meant to take advantage of to grind the Confederacy's power into airborne dirt and dust. by way of fall, Sherman's luck in Georgia had guaranteed the re-election of Abraham Lincoln and decided that the government might by no means acquiesce within the independence of the Confederacy. Richard M. McMurry examines the Atlanta crusade as a political and army cohesion within the context of the better fight of the struggle itself. Richard M. McMurry is an self sufficient pupil and the writer of "John Bell Hood" and the "War for Southern Independence (Nebraska 1992)" and "Two nice insurgent Armies: An Essay in accomplice army History".
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Thomas, in summary, was a man of great integrity, a very capable general, and a superb soldier. He was not, however, to be the new commander of the Military Division of the Mississippi. Grant may have resented what he understood to have been Thomas’s role in some spring army political squabbles, and he certainly did not trust him to handle the western command in the way envisioned for the grand plan of . Thomas had a reputation as a solid but plodding general. More signiﬁcantly, he was an ofﬁcer who had spent almost all of the war in the Army of the Cumberland, whereas Grant had risen to supreme command through the Army of the Tennessee, another of the Federals’ western armies.
Although he had performed well in the April ﬁghting at Shiloh, he had been caught by surprise when the Confederates launched their attack on the Union camps there. In the following December he had suffered a stinging Grand Strategy for defeat at Walnut Hills (or Chickasaw Bluffs) near Vicksburg, Mississippi. His role in Grant’s great campaign that reestablished Union control over the Mississippi River had been relatively limited, and he had clearly failed in the ﬁghting at Chattanooga in November when the Confederates repulsed his attack on the northern end of their position.
He did not, however, create a single cavalry force to operate under his direct command. Rather, he treated the divisions separately. In the early weeks of the campaign he usually deployed one mounted division to guard each ﬂank of the army group, one to protect his line of supply in the area immediately behind the front, and one as a reserve. In so using his cavalry, Sherman deprived himself of a large, fast-striking mounted force that at several times in the campaign might have inﬂicted great damage on the Confederates.