"General Hood's Efforts to Save Atlanta, July 18 - September 2," Steve Davis

May 1 2018 - 7:00pm

May, 2010 marked the first monthly meeting of the Brunswick Civil War Round Table when about 50 or so assembled to hear the first guest speaker. Now celebrating its 8th anniversary, this modest non-profit organization has grown to be the most successful Civil War Round Table in the country, boasting over 1,200 members and still growing. To help celebrate, the Tuesday, May 1st meeting will feature the return of Steve Davis, renowned Civil War historian and author noted for his dynamic speaking engagements at countless Civil War round tables, historical societies and organizations.  The title of his presentation is. “General Hood’s Efforts to Save Atlanta, July 18 – September 2.”

As background, Confederate General John B. Hood was appointed by President Jefferson Davis to command the Army of Tennessee in mid-July, 1864, when Sherman’s Union forces were five miles outside of Atlanta. The Confederate government had concluded that Atlanta was virtually lost, but asked Hood to do what he could to save the city. Davis plans to share his assessment and recounting of Hood’s efforts to do so. Hood served with distinction at Sharpsburg and at Fredericksburg, and was a significant player at the Battle of Gettysburg where he was severely wounded. He eventually recovered and led major offensives in an attempt to break Sherman’s siege of Atlanta. However, all of his reckless offensives were abysmal failures personally and militarily, suffering staggering casualties. Finally, on September 2, 1864, Hood evacuated Atlanta, allowing Sherman to execute the famous March to the Sea and the capture of Savannah, Georgia. He finally resigned in disgrace in early January, 1865.

Steve Davis is the world’s foremost authority on the Atlanta campaign. He is a longtime Georgia native and a Civil War enthusiast since the fourth grade. He served as Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray magazine for more than twenty years, and author of more than a hundred articles and books on the Civil War. Now retired, Steve serves as Book Review Editor for Civil War News, and is a regular contributor to the “Critic’s Corner” column.