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The Battle of Atlanta

Watch This Is Atlanta on PBA30, Atlanta's PBS StationThe Battle of Atlanta took place on July 22, 1864 in the present-day community of East Atlanta. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Eight hours of continuous fighting resulted in an estimated 12,000 casualties - 3,641 Union soldiers and 8,499 Confederates.

The Battle of Atlanta claimed the life of Union General James McPherson. This was a deep personal loss for his commanding officer, William Tecumseh Sherman. The Confederate army lost General W. H. T. Walker. The loss was not as significant for the Confederate army as McPherson’s was to the Union army; but a blow nonetheless.

Today, the battlefield consists of urban residential and commericial properties. Using present-day landmarks, the battlefield stretched just south of the Carter Center to the intersection of Glenwood and Moreland Avenue then curved to the east and north, the line of battle extended for more than four miles ending up in the vicinity of Memorial Drive and Clay Street.


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