Our Country's Fiery Ordeal

A blog about the American Civil War, written and maintained by historian Daniel J. Vermilya, author of The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (History Press, 2014) and James Garfield and the Civil War (History Press, 2015)

Dedicated to my great-great-great grandfather, Private Ellwood Rodebaugh, Company D, 106th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, killed at the Battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862.

"And may an Overuling Providence continue to cause good to come out of evil, justice to be done to all men where injustice has long prevailed, and finally, peace, quiet, and harmony to come out of this terrible confrontation and our country's fiery ordeal." -- Albert Champlin, 105th Ohio, Diary entry of June 19, 1864 (Western Reserve Historical Society)

Kennesaw Mountain

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought on June 27, 1864, in the midst of the Atlanta Campaign. The campaign began several weeks prior in early May, when Major General William Tecumseh Sherman began maneuvering his 100,000 man plus army south into the state of Georgia. Standing in his way was Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and his Army of Tennessee. While outnumbered, Johnston had two allies which Sherman did not; the terrain of Northern Georgia and time. While pressure increased for Sherman to destroy Johnston and capture Atlanta, the Confederate commander relied heavily upon the dense forests, rivers, and mountains of Georgia to stop his Northern foe. Kennesaw Mountain was just one part of that story.

I have written a book on the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. It is available to order on Amazon and through The History Press.

For more information, please visit my blog on Kennesaw Mountain:

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