This Week in the Civil War - #906
At Atlanta, Georgia, Sherman’s army by the end of August 1864 was on the move, attempting to push farther south and east to cut Atlanta’s last railroads into the city. With the Union Twentieth Corps holding the Union lines around Atlanta, three separate forces under Sherman moved against Atlanta’s last railroad links to the outside world. When one of the two remaining railroad lines into Atlanta was severed on Tuesday, August 30, Hood countered by sending his former corps under General Cleburne and S.D. Lee to attack the Federal flank near Jonesborough. But his attack failed with heavy losses, leaving Atlanta only with the Macon Railroad still under Confederate control. It appeared that Sherman desired to seize Atlanta more than he desired cutting off Hood’s possible retreat from the city.