Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


The purpose of the paper "The Battle of Atlanta" was to examine the campaigns between the Union Army of General William T. Sherman and the Confederate Army of General Joseph E. Johnston, the replacement of Johnston by General John Hood, and the immediate battles around Atlanta which occurred thereafter. An attempt has been made to show that the replacement of Johnston was a mistake and, thereby, helped set the stage for the re-election of President Abraham Lincoln, the continuance of the war and the ultimate Confederate defeat. The paper is organized chronologically and follows the actions from Chickamauga, which set the stage for the Atlanta campaign, to the "March to the sea" by Sherman. The major source of information was the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Memoirs, diaries, and letters of participants also provided much valuable information.


James Forsythe

Date of Award

Summer 1970

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1970 BettyJo Ferguson


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