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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 15, 1864

Battle of Nashville Began

The Confederate army that had tried to defend Atlanta under General John Bell Hood was now on the outskirts of Nashville, TN after their retreat through Alabama and Tennessee. Their last part in the Civil War began on this day with the Battle of Nashville. Hood was opposed by Union troops under the command of General George H. Thomas, who had been the Union hero at the Battle of Chickamauga. The Union assault drove the Confederate lines back two miles before fighting stopped for the day; both sides prepared for the battle to resume the next day.