As May of 1864 turned into June, and June into July, Joe Johnston’s Army of Tennessee back-stepped across North Georgia. Abandoning one fortified position after another the Confederates moved south in syncopation to the sidestepping maneuvers of Wm Tecumseh Sherman’s combined Union forces. Dalton, Resaca, Allatoona, Kennesaw Mountain, Smyrna– each was flanked in turn by the wily Sherman, though not before the Union commander was bloodied at Kennesaw and reminded of the perils of a frontal assault against a well-fortified position.
Now as they approached Atlanta the federals ran into yet another line of massive fortifications along the Chattahoochee River, what Sherman called “the best line of field intrenchments I have ever seen”. The six-mile line was the handiwork of one Brigadier General Francis Shoup.
Come join us as historian Michael K. Shaffer shares the story of Shoup, the River Line, and the action that followed when Sherman faced Johnston on the Chattahoochee.
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Michael K. Shaffer is a Civil War historian, author, lecturer, newspaper columnist, and tour guide. A member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Historians of the Civil War Western Theater, and the Georgia Association of Historians, Michael served as president of the Civil War Round Table of Cobb County and currently serves on the board of the River Line Historic Area and as a consultant to the Friends of Camp McDonald. Michael holds BA and MA degrees in Military History: Civil War Studies. When he’s not writing, traveling, leading tours, and talking to groups like ours, Michael teaches Civil War courses at Kennesaw State University.