Peachtree Creek (river), Georgia, United States 
 

Peachtree Creek, GA

Date(s): July 20, 1864

Campaign(s): Atlanta Campaign [1864]

Battles in Campaign:

Situation:

Commanders:

  • Union:  Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas

  • Confederate: Gen. John B. Hood

Principal Forces:

  • Union: Army of the Cumberland

  • Confederate: Army of Tennessee

Description:

  • Under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, the Army of Tennessee had retired south of Peachtree Creek, an east to west flowing stream, about three miles north of Atlanta.

  • Sherman split his army into three columns for the assault on Atlanta with George H. Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland moving from the north.

  • Johnston planned to attack Thomas, but Confederate President Jefferson Davis relieved him of command and appointed John B. Hood to take his place.

  • Hood attacked Thomas after his army crossed Peachtree Creek.

  • The determined assault threatened to overrun the Union troops at various locations, however, the Federal troops held and forced Hood's forces to fall back.

Slide Presentation: None [Battlefield Lost Integrity]

Classification2: B

Casualties3:

  • Union: 1,710

  • Confederate: 4,796

Results: Union Victory

Battlefield Websites: 

Lodging and Restaurants: Georgia Tourism

Recommended Resources:


1 National Park Service summary.

2 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

3 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

Revised 03/08/2013