#72 The Cannon's Victim Peachtree Creek, Georgia July 17, 1864


Peachtree Creek, Ga. July 17, 1864

FIGHTING CONTINUES NEAR ATLANTA

Commanded by Gen. John Hood, the Confederate forces moved forward to greet the oncoming enemy in an effort to stop the Union's advance. Fighting broke out at Peach Tree Creek, from where Hood had hoped to turn back the Northern Army. The Northern soldiers badly battered their opposition, forcing the Southern Army to retreat to the outskirts of Atlanta. The combat was furious as Confederate and Union soldiers intermingled and fought hand to hand. Heavy losses piled up on both sides, and after several hours, the Southern soldiers were forced to retreat. Hundreds lay dead on the battlefield, while the Union soldiers gathered up their strength to continue onwards toward Atlanta.