This Week in the Civil War - #830
By mid-May 1864, at Reseca, Georgia Confederate General Joseph Johnston prepared defensive positions against Sherman’s Union forces. On Sunday, May 15, Hooker’s Federals clashed with Hood’s Confederates; with Hood’s Confederates giving ground, Sherman ordered Union cavalry and an infantry division to make a flanking movement against Johnston’s army. Fearing that his army would be flanked with the Oostenaula River at his back, Johnston withdrew from Reseca, buring the railroad bridge over the river to deny its use by Sherman’s Union forces. A concerned Jefferson Davis called to Virginia all troops he could from South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Florida, fearing that the Confederate capital was vulnerable to General Butler’s Federals, who threatening Drewry’s Bluff. Davis also wrote Robert E. Lee, begging him not to needlessly expose himself to enemy fire.