In mid-August 1864 Sherman’s relentless pressure on Confederate forces defending Atlanta, Georgia continued to increase. Union forces by Monday, August 15, 1864 moved slowly toward Utoy Creek, southwest of Atlanta, attempting to cut off all lines of communication into and out of Atlanta. Fighting occurred at Peachtree Road, Buchanan, Sandtown, and Fairburn. On Tuesday the 16th, Union cavalry under the command of Judson Kilpatrick started a six day raid against Lovejoy’s Station. The object of this raid was to allow Sherman to swing eastward in his efforts to cut off the south side of Atlanta from the rest of the Confederacy. Until Atlanta was enveloped by Union forces Sherman and the Union War Department could not be completely confident of victory. But Union victory at Atlanta was soon to come.