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.