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This Day in Georgia History

July 26, 1864

Sherman Shifted West

Four days after Gen. McPherson’s death, Sherman named Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard to succeed McPherson as commanding general of the Union’s Army of the Tennessee. Sherman then had the Army of the Tennessee, led by the 16th Corps, begin shifting to the west of Atlanta. His objective was to destroy the rail line jointly used by the Atlanta & West Point and the Macon & Western to enter Atlanta from the south.