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The Civil War
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Battle of Atlanta



Battle of Atlanta
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 8 to 10
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.53

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    adversary, determined, frontal, flank, swath, civilian, vicious, slip, birthplace, tactics, destruction, addition, aggressive, trap, refused, command
     content words:    General Grant, General William T., General Joe Johnston, Northern Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Jefferson Davis, General Hood, Shenandoah Valley, Christmas Eve, South Carolina


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Battle of Atlanta
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     After the Confederate loss at Chattanooga, General Grant moved to lead the eastern Union troops. General William T. Sherman stayed in the west to lead the Union army there. His chief adversary was General Joe Johnston.
 
2     The Confederates slowly moved west from Chattanooga, across Northern Georgia, fighting Sherman all the way. Sherman would make frontal assaults while other units would try to flank Johnston's men. The Confederates managed to slip out of each trap.
 
3     On June 27, Sherman tried to attack the Confederates at Kennesaw Mountain, north of Atlanta, but he was defeated with severe losses. He continued his flanking operations, pushing the Confederate army back toward Atlanta.

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