This Day in Georgia Civil War History
July 28, 1864
Richmond Newspaper Printed False Hope for Atlanta
The Richmond Times Dispatch printed the following piece, expressing false hope for the Confederate army in Georgia because of the death of Union General James McPherson.
The armies in Georgia.
In another portion of the paper will be found some very late and interesting Northern news. The death of Major General McPherson (who won all the victories ever won by the Yankee army under Grant) is confirmed, and will prove a serious blow to the enemy’s operations in Georgia. McPherson was the ruling adviser with Sherman, as he had been with Grant, and was possessed of great caution and much ability. He is the man who has led all the flank movements which have resulted in the flanking of Gen. Johnston from Dalton back to the rear of the Chattahoochee river. It was in making a flank movement on East Point - which, had it been successful, would have insured the isolation and siege of Atlanta - that he was himself struck in the flank by Hardee and lost his life. There is no man in Sherman’s army who approaches him as a commander except Thomas, who though successful as a fighting General, has no reputation as a strategist.