August 31–September 1, 1864
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Jonesboro, Clayton, Georgia, United States
Atlanta Campaign 
Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman
Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee
Sherman had successfully cut
Hood’s supply lines in the
past by sending out detachments, but the Confederates quickly repaired
In late August, Sherman determined that if he could cut
supply lines—the Macon & Western and the Atlanta & West Point Railroads—the
Confederates would have to evacuate Atlanta.
Sherman decided to move
six of his seven infantry corps against the supply lines.
The army began
pulling out of its positions on August 25th to hit the Macon & Western
Railroad between Rough and Ready and Jonesborough.
To counter the move, Hood sent
Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee with two corps to halt and possibly
rout the Union troops, not realizing Sherman’s army was there in force.
On August 31st, Hardee attacked two Union corps west of Jonesborough but
was easily repulsed.
Fearing an attack on Atlanta, Hood withdrew one corps
from Hardee’s force that night.
The next day, a Union corps broke through Hardee’ s troops forcing the
Confederates to retreat to Lovejoy’s Station.
On the night
of September 1st, Hood evacuated Atlanta.
While Sherman did cut
Hood’s supply line
he failed to destroy Hardee’s command.
[Battlefield Lost Integrity]
- having a decisive influence on a
campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war
having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign
having observable influence on the
outcome of a campaign
having a limited influence on the
outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important
2 Casualties are
someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.