Hood’s Other Battles for Atlanta: Peach Tree Creek and Ezra Church. ~ March 30 - April 1

On March 30, 2017 - 08:30 - April 1, 2017 - 16:30

In the Spring of 1864 as the war entered its fourth year, the crisis reached critical mass.  With Grant and Lee stalemated in Virginia and with no appreciable progress in other theaters of the war, all eyes turned to Georgia where the second largest stage of the war became the center stage.  The Northern force was led by the capable and restless General William T. Sherman with a collection of three disproportionate armies with different levels of success, the Army of the Tennessee under General James McPherson, the Army of the Ohio led by General John Schofield, and the Army of the Cumberland commanded by General George Thomas, a collective force of nearly 100,000 veterans.  Perhaps the most successful army group to ever wage war on the North American continent, Sherman’s legions had pushed the smaller Southern opponent from one stronghold to another beginning in Dalton on the first week of May and continuing to the banks of the Chattahoochee River by the middle of July which compelled the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis, to remove his commander, General Joseph Johnston, and replace him with the 33 year old General John Bell Hood who had lost the use of an arm at Gettysburg, and a leg to amputation at Chickamauga only two months later.

   

Due to its importance as the chief railroad center which connected the Southern Confederacy’s heartland, Atlanta had become the great magnet of the Georgia Campaign in the summer of 1864.  With the Northern Presidential Election looming in November, and with war weariness reaching an all-time high in the North, the Federal forces had to win an important victory to show that the war could be won and to assure President Lincoln’s reelection.  With no appreciable progress in the Eastern Theater or anywhere else for that matter, the North looked anxiously to Sherman and his forces to deliver a victory.  Atlanta had to be taken and the Confederate Army of Tennessee had to be destroyed or defeated.

Thursday evening, we will have a reception with an overview and discussion of The Georgia Campaign: The strategies of each side, the importance of the Campaign, the principal players, and the transfer of command from General Joseph E. Johnston to General John Bell Hood.

On Friday, our tour will focus on the Battle of Peach Tree Creek. Fought on July 20th, just three days after General Hood took command of the Southern army, the fight began as a surprise Confederate attack on an isolated portion of one of the federal armies, the Army of the Cumberland, as it crossed the wide and imposing creek which was really a small river.  The battle featured a promising opportunity for the Southern forces to turn the momentum of events in Georgia and destroy a substantial portion of Sherman’s legions.  The “fog of war” and the on field tactical decisions of each side coupled with heroic charges and counter-charges with hand-to-hand action in several places make Peach Tree Creek one of most devastating battles in all the war.  With many units suffering staggering casualties and with the death-to-wounded ratios reaching twice the ratio of other major battles, Peach Tree Creek was a gruesome blood-bath.

   

Saturday,  the tour features the Battle of Ezra Church, a battle which introduced two new Generals to command of corps and armies.  For the South, General Stephen D. Lee had just taken command of the Confederate Corps (Hood’s old corps) the day before, and for the North, General O. O. Howard had just been promoted to command of the Federal Army of the Tennessee following the death of General McPherson at the Battle of Atlanta on July 22.  Desiring to turn the Federal right and make a surprise attack on the Federal right and rear on July 29th, Hood sent Lee’s corps together with Stewart’s corps, two-thirds of his regular army, on a bold flanking movement out on the Lickskillet Road on July 28 to set up his trap.  But, the veterans of the Federal Army of the Tennessee reached the important ground around the little country church named Ezra first.  The result would be one of most lopsided Federal victories in all the war.

Join historians Bob Jenkins, author of The Battle of Peach Tree Creek: Hood’s First Sortie, and Norman Dasinger as they lead you through the combat of two of Atlanta’s principal battles which decided the fate of The Gate City as Atlanta has been called, and with it the fate of the Southern Confederacy.

Robert D. Jenkins, Sr.

Bob Jenkins, an attorney based in Dalton, Georgia, is a leading expert on the Atlanta Campaign battles of Peachtree Creek and Ezra Church. He is the author of To the Gates of Atlanta: From Kennesaw Mountain to Peach Tree Creek, 1-19 July 1864 and The Battle of Peach Tree Creek: Hood's First Sortie, July 20, 1864.

Norman Dasinger, Jr.

Norman Dasinger, Jr., based in Gadsden, Alabama, is one of the leading experts on Civil War battles and campaigns in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama, with special emphasis on the lesser-known actions. He has developed and leads tours of the Atlanta Campaign, N. B. Forrest versus Abel Streight in Alabama, Chattanooga including Andrews’ Raiders and the Great Locomotive Chase, and Selma and Montgomery, Alabama Civil War and Civil Rights history.

Registration Fee, includes 2 lunches - $325

If You Must Cancel we will refund 100% of your fees paid within 30 days of your notice.

What is included in your registration:

·      The services of expert historians chosen for their knowledge and experience

·      Transportation to all sites as described

·      Friday & Saturday lunches

·      Refreshments and snacks during the tour

Location and Lodging: We will be based at the Hampton Inn Atlanta Marietta, 455 Franklin Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067 where we have reserved a block of sleeping rooms at the special nightly rate of $84.00 + tax - Single or Double. Hotel registrants will enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast. To reserve a room under our block call 770-425-9977 and identify as a registrant for the CWEA tour..

DIRECTIONS: From I-75 North: Take the 263 West Exit toward Marietta. Turn right at the second light, onto Franklin Road. The Hampton entrance is on the right.

From I-75 South: Take the 263 West Exit toward Marietta. At top of ramp turn right. Turn right at the first light, onto Franklin Road. The Hampton entrance is on the right.

From the Airport: Take I-85 North to I-75 North. Take the 263 West Exit toward Marietta. Turn right at the second light, onto Franklin Road. The Hampton entrance is on the right.

Thursday,  March 30

7:30 PM-8:45 PM - Welcome and Orientation - at the Hampton Inn Atlanta Marietta

Friday, March 31 

8:15 AM - Depart for Tour of Peach Tree Creek

12:00 PM - Lunch in Marietta, GA

4:30 PM - Arrive back at Hampton Inn

Saturday, April 1 

8:15 AM - Depart for Tour of Ezra Church

12:30 PM - Lunch in Marietta, GA area

4:30 PM - Arrive back at Hampton Innl

Marietta 2017

Location and Lodging: We will be based at the Hampton Inn Atlanta Marietta, 455 Franklin Road, Marietta, Georgia 30067 where we have reserved a block of sleeping rooms at the special nightly rate of $84.00 + tax - Single or Double. Hotel registrants will enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast.

To reserve a room under our block call 770-425-9977 and identify as a registrant for the CWEA tour.

DIRECTIONS:

From I-75 North: Take the 263 West Exit toward Marietta. Turn right at the second light, onto Franklin Road. The Hampton entrance is on the right.

From I-75 South: Take the 263 West Exit toward Marietta. At top of ramp turn right. Turn right at the first light, onto Franklin Road. The Hampton entrance is on the right.
From the Airport: Take I-85 North to I-75 North. Take the 263 West Exit toward Marietta. Turn right at the second light, onto Franklin Road. The Hampton entrance is on the right.
 

Location

Hampton Inn Atlanta Marietta
455 Franklin Road
Marietta, GA
United States
770-425-9977