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Sherman and his 105000 Union soldiers marched through Georgia and into the Carolinas throughout the month of March Sherman hoped his march to the sea would lower the Confederates morale and help win the war Sherman and his men began their march in Dalton Georgia on November 16 of last year Sherman then spread his army out to a fifty- mile wide diameter and headed towards Atlanta Georgia Shermans men included the Army of the Cumberland the Army of the Tennessee and the Army of the Ohio On March 19 General Johnston attacked one of Shermans advancing columns Shermans men reorganized and Johnstons men backed off Sherman and his men followed close behind Due to very poor weather and soggy roads the pursuit was slowed down General Betonville Johnston posted his Confederate Army of Tennessee in Dalton Georgia Sherman then sent his men around the Confederates left flank May 12 1864 Johnston retreated and dropped fifteen miles south to Reseca Georgia and took another strong position Sherman again made a left flanking maneuver Johnston again avoided Shermans attack and headed south to Altoona Georgia In just one month Sherman and his men had traveled eighty miles in pursuit of Johnston There was continuos fighting between the two sides but there were no large battles or heavy casualties On June 27 Sherman once again attacked Johnston at Kennesaw Mountain Union troops were repulsed with 2000 killed and wounded Johnston suffered with 5000 casualties Sherman once again shifted into a flanking maneuver but Johnston retreated By early July Johnston had drawn back to the outskirts of Atlanta Sherman then shifted into a crescent confronting Johnston to the northwest west and southwest On July 17 Jefferson Davis relieved Johnston of his duties and replaced him with General John B Hood On July 20 and 22 General Hood sent his men to strike Shermans lines but both attacks were repulsed On July 28 Hood once again tried but
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