The Atlanta Campaign, 1864: Peach Tree Creek to the Fall of the City

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David A. Powell
Pub Date:
April 2024
‎ 978-1636242910
Paperback, french flaps, full-color
Maps, images, 128pp.
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A fully illustrated narrative of the Atlanta campaign complete with maps, illustrations, and diagrams.

General John Bell Hood’s tenure commanding the Confederate Army of Tennessee stood in marked contrast to that of his predecessor Joseph E. Johnston. Where Johnston was forced to conduct a war of maneuver, parrying William T. Sherman’s repeated flanking attempts, he rarely risked offensive blows. The initiative remained almost entirely with the Federals. When Johnston did stand to accept battle, with only a few exceptions, he received enemy assaults behind fortified lines. However, weeks of retreating undermined morale.

With Hood in charge, offense became the order of the day. Hood fought the two largest and bloodiest battles of the entire campaign within the space of two days: attacking at Peachtree Creek on July 20, and again at the Battle of Atlanta on July 22. A third attack at Ezra Church on July 28 was launched by Stephen D. Lee, on his own initiative. The results of all three battles, however, were the same—bloody failures for the Confederates. Thereafter, Hood adopted a more defensive strategy, choosing to preserve what combat power his army retained.

The second volume on the Atlanta campaign portrays the final months of the struggle for Atlanta, from mid-July to September, including what remains to be seen of the battles around the city: Peachtree Creek, Atlanta, Decatur, and Ezra Church. The siege will cover historic views of Atlanta, operations east of the city, and the city’s capture. The cavalry chapter focuses on the Union cavalry raids south of Atlanta which ended in disaster. Finally, the fighting at Jonesboro will bring the series to a close.


Chapter 1 — Hood Takes Command
Chapter 2 — The Battle of Peachtree Creek
Chapter 3 — The Battle of Atlanta
Chapter 4 — Engagement at Decatur
Chapter 5 — Lee Attacks at Ezra Church
Chapter 6 — Defending the Lifeline
Chapter 7 — Cavalry. Stoneman’s Movements
Chapter 8 — Cavalry. McCook’s Movements
Chapter 9 — Strangling Atlanta
Chapter 10 — Jonesboro
Chapter 11 — The fall of Atlanta


David A. Powell is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (1983) with a BA in history. He has published many articles in various magazines, and more than fifteen historical simulations. For the past decade David’s focus has been on the epic battle of Chickamauga, and he is nationally recognized for his tours of that important battlefield. He is the author of many books including The Chickamauga Campaign trilogy, The Maps of Chickamauga, and Failure in the Saddle. He is currently finishing the first of what promises to be a five-volume history of the Atlanta Campaign. David and his wife Anne live with their brace of Bloodhounds in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.