- Battle of New Hope Church
Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of New Hope Church
American Civil War
date=May 25–26, 1864
Paulding County, Georgia
combatant2= flagicon|CSA|1863 CSA (Confederacy)
commander1=William T. Sherman
Joseph E. Johnston
Military Division of the Mississippi
Army of Tennessee
casualties2=?|The Battle of New Hope Church was fought May 25–26, 1864, between the Union force of Maj. Gen.
William T. Shermanand the Confederate Army of Tennesseeunder Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. Sherman attempted to outmaneuver Johnston, but failed. He then sent Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker's XX Corps to attack Johnston, but failed to realize that Johnston had more than a mere token force. Hooker's forces were defeated, suffering heavy casualties.
After Johnston retreated to Allatoona Pass on May 19-20, Sherman decided that he would most likely pay dearly for attacking Johnston there, so he determined to move around Johnston's left flank and steal a march toward Dallas. Johnston anticipated Sherman's move and met the Union forces at New Hope Church. Sherman mistakenly surmised that Johnston had a token force and ordered Hooker's corps to attack, causing it to suffer severe casualties. On May 26, both sides entrenched, and skirmishing continued throughout the day. At the end of the battle, Confederate Captain Samuel T. Foster reported that 703 Union soldiers had been killed, as well as 350 had been taken prisoner. Actions the next day in this area encompassed the
Battle of Pickett's Mill.
* [http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/ga010.htm National Park Service battle description]
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