Fought on July 28, 1864, the Battle of Ezra Church was a dramatic
engagement during the Civil War's Atlanta campaign. Confederate
forces under John Bell Hood desperately fought to stop William T.
Sherman's advancing armies as they tried to cut the last
Confederate supply line into the city. Confederates under General
Stephen D. Lee nearly overwhelmed the Union right flank, but
Federals under General Oliver O. Howard decisively repelled every
attack. After five hours of struggle, 5,000 Confederates lay dead
and wounded, while only 632 Federals were lost. The result was
another major step in Sherman's long effort to take Atlanta.
Hess's compelling study is the first book-length account of the
fighting at Ezra Church. Detailing Lee's tactical missteps and
Howard's vigilant leadership, he challenges many common
misconceptions about the battle. Richly narrated and drawn from an
array of unpublished manuscripts and firsthand accounts, Hess's
work sheds new light on the complexities and significance of this
important engagement, both on and off the battlefield.