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This Day in Georgia History

July 28, 1864

Battle of Ezra Church

Sherman’s Army of the Tennessee was now in place along a rural road west of Atlanta that lead to Ezra Methodist Church. They were ready to advance on ground that Hood has vowed that Confederate generals Stephen D. Lee and A.P. Stewart should not give up. Just after noon, the Battle of Ezra Church began. Unfortunately, the Confederates had but three divisions to face the 15th, 16th, and 17th Corps of the Army of the Tennessee. Moreover, command blunders for the Confederates meant their attacks were never coordinated. Despite bravery in the face of death, the Confederates withdrew from the battlefield with terrible loses–3,000 dead and wounded compared to less than 600 for Federal troops. Hood had been under intense pressure from Richmond to produce a victory, but now it was becoming clear that he could not continue to engage the enemy with these types of losses.

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Source: Harper's Weekly