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This Day in Georgia History

September 28, 1864

Confederate Army Headed North

General John B. Hood ordered his army to move out of Palmetto, where they had been encamped for the past week. From their position southwest of Atlanta, they crossed the Chattahoochee River and headed north. Hood’s goal was not to engage Union General William T. Sherman but rather to have him withdraw his troops occupying Atlanta in pursuit of the Confederates. In fact, Sherman did follow Hood, though he also left the 20th Corps behind to continue the occupation of Atlanta.