Ezra Church, GA

Date(s): July 28, 1864

Location: Battlefield Unavailable - Lost Integrity

Campaign(s): Atlanta Campaign [1864]

Battles in Campaign:


  • Earlier, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces had approached Atlanta from the east and north.

  • Although Hood's troops had not defeated them, they had kept the Federals away from the city.

  • Sherman decided to attack from the west.


  • Union: Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard

  • Confederate: Gen. John B. Hood

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Army of the Tennessee

  • Confederate: two corps of Army of Tennessee


  • Sherman ordered the Army of the Tennessee, commanded by Maj. Gen. O. O. Howard, to move from the left wing to the right and cut Hood’s last railroad supply line between East Point and Atlanta.

  • Hood foresaw such a maneuver and determined to send the two corps of Lt. Gen. Stephen D. Lee and Lt. Gen. Alexander P. Stewart to intercept and destroy the Union force.

  • On the afternoon of July 28th, the Confederates attacked Howard's forces at Ezra Church.

  • Howard had anticipated such a thrust and entrenched one of his corps in the Confederates’ path.

  • Although , and repulsed the determined attack, inflicting numerous casualties. Howard, however, failed to cut the railroad.

Slide Presentation: None [Battlefield Lost Integrity]

Classification2: B


  • Union: 562

  • Confederate: 3,000

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites: 

Lodging and Restaurants: Georgia Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 04/06/2013