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The Federal Advance, Cont./The Change of Command

The Battle of Peachtree Creek

 

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The Federal Advance, Cont.

It finally reached the golf course area and deployed with Wood´s brigade on the left, Coburn´s in the center and Harrison´s on the right. Earlier, Newton´s division of Howard´s corps had crossed the creek and advanced on Peachtree Road to the high ground north of Collier Road. Newton deployed Kimball´s brigade west of the road, extending through the hospital site, and Blake´s extending east along Brighton Road. Bradley´s remained in reserve on the road near the railroad bridge. Four guns of Goodspeen´s battery were emplaced on the road. Although a gap existed between Newton´s right and Geary´s left, Ward was moving to fill it. Despite Johnston´s planning, the Federal right wing had crossed Peachtree Creek without being attacked; but, unsuspected by Sherman, who was near the Emory campus, the Battle of Peachtree Creek was about to begin.

The Change of Command

By the 17th, Johnston´s engineers had staked out a strong outer line, overlooking the valley of Peachtree Creek, from which he could launch his attack on Thomas´ troops while they crossed the creek, unready to fight. With Thomas shattered, he could attack McPherson with his whole army. If not successful, his army "had a near and secure place of refuge in Atlanta, which he could hold
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forever and so win the campaign." He announced his intention to the troops and began moving them into positions on the outer line, which ran east from Crestlawn Cemetery through the E. P. Howell School site, over Loring Heights, across Peachtree Street, uphill past the TV station, and on beyond Sherwood Forest to Highland Avenue, where it turned south to the GA RR. Hood´s corps was sent to the latter line to face McPherson. Hardee´s corps was posted with its right covering Loring Heights, its left connecting with Stewart´s corps. at Howell Mill Road. Stewart´s left extended to Marietta Road. But Johnston was not destined to fight his battle. That night, he was relieved and Gen. John B. Hood replaced him Since the army loved "Old Joe" Johnston and knew Hood to be rash and to lack experience in high command, morale suffered severely. At Hood´s request Johnston continued to give orders until sunset next day when he departed.
 
Erected 1964 by Georgia Historic Commission - Georgia Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Location. 33° 48.628′ N, 84° 24.185′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Collier Rd NW and Walthall Drive NW, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located along Beltline
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Trail in Tanyard Creek Park. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30318, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Federal Forces Engaged/The Confederate Forces Engaged (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Federal Advance (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Attack (here, next to this marker); The Confederate Attack, Cont. (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Peachtree Creek (here, next to this marker); On Geary's Front (within shouting distance of this marker); Scott's Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrison’s Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
More about this marker. 1 of 6 markers related to the Battle of Peachtree Creek located here. All markers are mounted on concrete pillars and are located in a semi-circular fashioned line, surrounded by a stone wall.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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