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This Day in Georgia History

August 31, 1864

Battle of Jonesboro

To read a contemporary account of the Battle of Jonesboro, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

South of Atlanta, in a day that would be plagued by confusion and bad command decisions, Confederate forces charged Union forces just after 3:00 p.m. starting the Battle of Jonesboro. In less than an hour, the Confederates suffered 1,400 casualties. Many more were captured. Even before hearing the bad news from Jonesboro, Gen. Hood ordered Gen. Stephen Lee to pull his corps out of Jonesboro and bring it back to Atlanta. Hood finally concluded that Atlanta could not be defended, so he began making plans to evacuate the city.