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1864 June 25: Sherman’s Operations

June 27, 2014

The following article is from the June 25, 1864, issue of The Polk County Press.

Sherman’s Operations.

Army correspondents write that Sherman [William T. Sherman] does not desire to push Johnston [Joseph E. Johnston] any further without compelling him to come to a decisive battle.  For this he is establishing a strong position at Altoona [sic],¹ hurrying up reinforcements and immense quantities of military stores, and has arranged his plans to circumvent Johnston.  It is said that Johnston will give battle before retreating further, and certain points are stated where he has established fortified lines ;  but Johnston’s policy has been sufficiently indicated hitherto.  He will fight, but not decisively, and to no greater extent than he has already done.—He will make good his retreat if he can, and is precisely to prevent this that Sherman is making his arrangements.  Johnston has been reinforced from Mobile, and an order has been issued for a levy of from 10,000 to 15,000 Georgia militia for him.—We are unable to define the location of Big Shanty, where Sherman now is, but it is in advance of Ackworth, and not far from Kenesaw [sic].  The two armies are in full view of each other, and a battle is impending, though when it will occur it is difficult to say.

A late dispatch from Gen. Sherman announces that the great battle did not come off, in consequence of Johnston’s retreating from his position.  Sherman is now moving for Marietta.

1.  Allatoona, Georgia.  Probably misspelled this way because of Altoona, Wisconsin.

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