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In Georgia, Sherman's direct assault on Confederate positions on Kennesaw Mountain fails with heavy losses

Civil War Battle, iconic image
After weeks of movement between the Union General W.T. Sherman's offensive against Atlanta and the defending Confederate Army of the Tennessee under General Joe Johnston, Sherman ordered a change of tactics.  He organized a frontal assault on the Confederate right flank, anchored on Kennesaw Mountain. Despite a massive preparatory bombardment, Confederate trenches were easily held and 3000 Union soldiers became casualties.  Sherman never repeated such direct attacks and the campaign of maneuver continued.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
 Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002), 182.