This Week in the Civil War - #883
With his army literally at the gates of Atlanta, William Tecumseh Sherman still faced a determined force of Confederate defenders. On Wednesday, July 27, 1864 the Union general took steps to further isolate Atlanta, sending out several cavalry expeditions to destroy the railroads south of the city. Alexander McCook’s Union cavalry raided the Atlanta and West Point and the Macon and Western railroads for the next four days, engaging in several skirmishes, while Kenner Garrard’s Federals raided toward the South River and George Stoneman’s Union cavalry threatened Macon, Georgia. Hood’s army, primarily focused on holding the city of Atlanta, was too undermanned to effectively prevent such Union raids. The numerical superiority of Sherman’s army was soon about to overwhelm the defensive skills of John Bell Hood’s Confederate army.