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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 25, 1864

Skirmishes Precursor to Atlanta Campaign

The Union army in Chattanooga and north Georgia, then under the command of General George H. Thomas, began a probe to test the strength of the Confederate defenses, under General Joseph E. Johnston. The first of three straight days of skirmishing took place on this day at Buzzard Roost. These skirmishes were precursors to the Atlanta Campaign, which would be launched in May.