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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 09, 1864

Last Confederates Crossed Chattahoochee River, Union Army Advanced on Atlanta

During the night, most of the last group of retreating Confederate forces in Cobb County crossed over the Chattahoochee River into Fulton County near the Western & Atlantic railroad bridge. After crossing the river, they burned the bridge. Meanwhile, six miles upstream, the Union Corps which had crossed the Chattahoochee the previous day, now advanced southward towards Atlanta.