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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 28, 1864

Hood Headed North, Sherman Sent Some to Follow

Confederate General John Bell Hood ordered his army to move out of Palmetto, Georgia, where they had been camped for the past week. From this position southwest of Atlanta, they crossed the Chattahoochee River and headed north. Hood’s goal was not to engage the Union army directly, but rather to try to entice Union General William T. Sherman to withdraw his troops occupying Atlanta in pursuit of the Confederates - who could threaten Union supply lines to Chattanooga and Alabama. In fact, Sherman did begin to follow Hood, although he also left a large contingent of troops behind to continue the occupation of Atlanta.