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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 18, 1864

Hood Began Moving Army Again

General John Bell Hood directed his Confederate troops to begin moving out of Lovejoy’s Station, where they had been resting since Union General William T. Sherman and his army occupied Atlanta. What was left of Hood’s forces after the disastrous Atlanta Campaign headed west towards the Atlanta & West Point Railroad in Palmetto. From there Hood would launch a new strategy - to take his army around the western side of Atlanta and back into northwest Georgia in hopes of interfering with Union supply lines and drawing Sherman out of Atlanta.