This Week in the Civil War - #878
Units of William Tecumseh Sherman’s Union forces continued to close on Atlanta. General Thomas pushed forward north of the city, while General Scofield’s and General McPherson’s troops operated respectively to the northeast and east of the city. On Wednesday, July 20, 1864 new Confederate commander John Bell Hood attacked Thomas’ troops at Peachtree Creek, but delays in initiating the southern assault doomed the effort. After limited, initial Confederate success Thomas’ Union troops withstood two hours of concerted attacks by Hood’s Confederates. Hood’s failure at Peachtree Creek meant that the only open routes into Atlanta not controlled by Union forces were to the south and southwest of the beleagued city and revealed the true weakness of Hood’s army. Undermanned as it was, it could not long prevent Sherman from seizing Atlanta.