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Commanders at Kennesaw Mountain
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William Tecumseh Sherman blazed a path from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Marietta, Georgia in just over a month. With a numerically superior fighting force, that was better armed and better supplied, he outmaneuvered Joseph E. Johnston at the Battle of Dalton, the Battle of Resaca, Kingston, and most recently Dallas and north Marietta.

George Thomas, the Rock of Chickamauga
Situated in Acworth (Ackworth), Georgia, Sherman had some of the war's most able commanders under him. General George Thomas, the "Rock of Chickamauga," who single-handedly saved the day during the second day of Chickamauga, in command of the Army of the Cumberland. James Birdseye McPherson, the dashing general who was a favorite of both Grant and Sherman, led the Army of the Tennessee. John Schofield, the rotund Ohioan commanded the Army of the Ohio. Others who played a major role in the engagement were Joseph 'Fighting Joe' Hooker, who was never above a little self-aggrandizement. During the Battle of Kolb's Farm Hooker would claim that the entire Confederate Army was attacking him. Daniel McCook, whose family earned the sobriquet "The Fighting McCooks", led the attack at the Dead Angle in the Fighting at Cheatham Hill.

Opposing them stood Johnston's Army of Tennessee. Over the last month, in the initial phases of the Atlanta Campaign, Johnston had been successful at his plan of inflicting greater losses on his enemy than his men suffered. The recent loss of Leonidas Polk a few days before taking a position at Kennesaw Mountain had cost Johnston not only a good field commander and beloved leader, but also a close friend. Polk, an Episcopal bishop, had baptized Johnston at the start of The Atlanta Campaign.

Polk's replacement W. W. ("Old Blizzard") Loring was untested in his position as Corps commander. Beside him was William Hardee, a Georgia native who time and again proved his worth in battle. At the southern end of the line was the impetuous John Bell Hood, who's attack at Kolb's Farm had stopped the Union soldiers in their tracks. Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, the hard-drinking Tennessean, came up against a significant part of the Union Army at the Dead Angle. His men fought so hard and bravely that the rise they defended came to be known as Cheatham Hill. Patrick Cleburne, holding Hardee's line north of Frank Cheatham, had recently been passed over for command of Polk's Corp because he advocated freeing the slaves in return for service in the Confederate Army.

In late June, 1864, these men and almost 200,000 of the men they commanded would meet west of the town of Marietta, Georgia, and engage in what William Tecumseh Sherman's biographer would call "A Needless Waste of Lives."


The Civil War in Georgia
Beginning with the Great Locomotive Chase and the battle of Chickamauga, to the Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea

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