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General James McPherson, commanding the Union's Army of the Tennessee, is killed at the Battle of Atlanta

James Birdseye McPherson, detail
07/22/1864
Major General James B. McPherson, the commander of the Union's Army of the Tennessee, had graduated at the head of his West Point class and was a friend of General John Bell Hood, then commanding the Confederate defense of Atlanta.  During the Battle of Atlanta, McPherson was riding to deploy his troops against a Confederate counter-attack when he encountered a group of Confederate skirmishers and was shot.  He was the second highest ranking Union officers to die in battle during the war.  He was thirty-five years old. (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002), 184. 

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