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Union forces break the last Confederate efforts to defend Atlanta at the Battle of Jonesborough

Civil War Battle, iconic image
08/31/1864 to 09/01/1864
The battle around Jonesborough, Georgia was a Confederate attempt to break a Union effort to cut irrevocably Southern supply lines around Atlanta. Unaware that Union commander W.S. Sherman had committed much of his army to the maneuver, the two Confederate corps under William J. Hardee found themselves badly outnumbered.  Forced to break off on the second day, CSA commander John Bell Hood ordered the abandonment of Atlanta and Union troops marched into the city the next day. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002), 185. 
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