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This Day in Georgia History

August 26, 1864

Flanking Movement Around Atlanta

Atlantans woke to find the Union siege of the city apparently lifted. Hearts were buoyed as many believed the empty trenches meant that Sherman had given up on the siege and Atlanta was saved. Actually, Sherman had launched a new strategy. Part of the withdrawn Union force was deployed to guard the Western & Atlantic railroad bridge crossing the Chattahoochee north of town. Most, however, were sent on a flanking movement around the west perimeter of Atlanta. Their goal was to organize far enough south of Atlanta that Hood would be forced to pull his Confederate forces out of the city.