This Day in Georgia Civil War History
July 26, 1864
Sherman Shifted Westward; Named Howard to Replace McPherson
Union General William T. Sherman had his Army, led by the 16th Corps, to begin shifting to the west of Atlanta. His objective was to destroy the rail line used by the Atlanta & West Point and the Macon & Western to enter Atlanta from the south; this rail line was helping to keep the Confederate army supplied. Sherman also named General Oliver O. Howard to replace General James McPherson, who had been killed in the Battle of Atlanta.