Union Forces Commanded by:
Maj. Gen. Oliver Otis Howard
Confederate Forces Commanded by:
Maj. Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne
**Missing and Captured
Conclusion: Confederate Victory
BATTLE SUMMARYThe story of the Battle of Pickett's Mill begins ten days earlier, as Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman occupies Kingston, Georgia. In 2 weeks the red-haired commander from Ohio marches half the distance between Chattanooga and Atlanta avoiding Gen. Joseph E. Johnston's entrenched positions by outflanking him at Dalton and Resaca. The speed at which he is moving has alarmed most Georgians and the entire Confederacy. Johnston lay waiting in Allatoona Pass, 8 miles due east of Kingston and along Sherman's all weather lifeline, the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Sherman chooses to venture south into the hills of Paulding County. The move presents major logistical problems, trying to feed 100,000 soldiers deep in enemy territory. Additionally, as his path grows longer the lines of wagon trains must be guarded.