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This Day in Georgia History

July 21, 1864

New Attack Planned

Under a flag of truce, Confederate and Union forces on the outskirts of Atlanta gathered their dead from the previous day’s battlefield. With darkness, Hood decided to send Hardee’s Corps on a flanking movement around Union Gen. McPherson’s forces east of Atlanta so that at daybreak, Cheatham was to attack from the front and Hardee from the rear. However, the night march went much slower than expected, so that the morning of the 22nd found Hardee nowhere near McPherson’s troops.