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Civil War
00000174-b11b-ddc3-a1fc-bfdbb1a20000The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes focusing on events from 1861 through 1865. The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation. Let us know what you think about "This Week in the Civil War." E-mail your comments to Dr. John Huddleston at jhuddles@schreiner.edu.Airs: Weekdays at 5:19 a.m., 8:19 a.m., 4:19 p.m. on KTXI and 4:49 a.m., 9:29 p.m. on KSTX.

This Week in the Civil War - #837

In Georgia, after Joseph Johnston’s
Confederates entrenched at Allatoona Pass Union General William Tecumseh Sherman wisely determined that Johnston’s position was too strong to attack, so he moved to Johnston’s left flank toward Dallas, Georgia.  Johnston anticipated Sherman’s movement, entrenched at New Hope Church only twenty-five plus miles northeast of Atlanta, and prepared for battle.  Assuming only a token Confederate force at New Hope Church, on May 25, 1864, Hooker’s Union corps engaged Hood’s Confederates, driving the Confederate line backwards for some three miles before engaging Johnston’s main line, but Confederates forces eventually repulsed multiple Union attacks, despite fierce thunderstorms which for both sides complicated the battle.  Heavy Union casualties five times greater than that of the Confederates temporarily brought Sherman’s drive against Atlanta to a standstill.