Major Tom Taylor at Ezra Church

Emerging Civil War

The Battle of Ezra Church – Harper’s Weekly

On July 28, 1864, the Union Army of the Tennessee reached a point west of Atlanta from where they could threaten the Macon Railroad, which entered Atlanta from the southwest. In an effort to thwart that move, Confederate General John Bell Hood dispatched his old corps, now under command of S. D. Lee, and A. P. Stewart’s Corps to blunt the Union advance.

Lee decided to attack, trying to hammer the Union XV Corps and regain control of the critical intersection near Ezra Chapel. The battle was famously one-sided, resulting in about 3,000 Confederate losses to 642 Federal casualties. For Hood’s army, this was their third major assault in just over a week, a sequence of combat begun on July 20 at Peachtree Creek, continued on July 22 east of the city in what has become known as the  Battle of Atlanta…

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