This Week in the Civil War - #845
While news of the terrible Union carnage at Cold Harbor filtered throughout the North, the northern electorate could take some heart over Union successes in Georgia and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. In Georgia, Federal cavalry entered the town of Acworth, north of New Hope Church, forcing Joseph Johnston to move his Confederates once again to interdict Sherman’s Union forces as they slowly advanced toward Atlanta. In Virginia, with Confederate forces weakened by transfers to Lee’s army at Cold Harbor, Union cavalry set out to assist David Hunter’s assault on the Shenandoah Valley. With some 16,000 Union troops steadily advancing against Staunton, Hunter enjoyed a two-to-one advantage over his Confederate counterpart, General W.E. Jones. While lamenting Grant’s battlefield losses, the northern electorate still held out hope for a Union victory.