While fighting his way toward Atlanta, William T. Sherman
encountered his biggest roadblock at Kennesaw Mountain, where Joseph E.
Johnston’s Army of Tennessee held a heavily fortified position. The opposing
armies confronted each other from June 19 to July 3, 1864, and Sherman
initially tried to outflank the Confederates. His men endured heavy rains,
artillery duels, sniping, and a fierce battle at Kolb’s Farm before Sherman
decided to directly attack Johnston’s position on June 27.
Kennesaw Mountain tells the story of an important phase of the
Atlanta campaign. Historian Earl J. Hess explains how this battle, with its
combination of maneuver and combat, severely tried the patience and endurance
of the common soldier and why Johnston’s strategy might have been the
Confederates’ best chance to halt the Federal drive toward Atlanta. He gives
special attention to the engagement at Kolb’s Farm on June 22 and Sherman’s
assault on June 27. A final section explores the Confederate earthworks
preserved within the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.
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