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Civil War Lecture on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
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Following the December meeting on the battle of Atlanta, the Hagerstown
Civil War Round Table will continue with another engagement in the Atlantic
campaign, the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Fearing envelopment northwest of
Atlanta, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his army to a new
defensive position astride Kennesaw Mountain near Marietta, Georgia. Union
commander Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman was convinced that Johnston had
stretched his line too thin and decided on a frontal attack on the
Confederate bastion. On June 27, 1864, determined Yankee assault troops
came to within yards of the Confederate trenches, but were unable to break
the Southern line.