Union and West End Cemetery

The Union and West End Cemetery is located in center city Allentown. The main entrance is on 10th Street at 10th and Chew Streets. The cemetery is mantained by a dedicated group of volunteers. Ten board members (also volunteers) serve the cemetery association and manage the finances, make application for grants, solicit donations and participate in the maintenance of the cemetery.

Friday, December 28, 2007

 

Sherman in Atlanta

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Confederate General John B Hood withdrew drom Atlanta on September 1, 1864, leaving the beleagured city to the Union forces of Major General William T. Sherman.

Hood regrouped his Army of Tennessee, now 35,000 strong. It was his intent to disrupt Sherman's lines of communications particularly along the railroads into and out of Atlanta.

Sherman decided to pursue Hood, leaving a token force in Atlanta and dispatching Major General George H. Thomas with a division to defend the strtegically important city of Nashville.

The two armies clashed on Snake Creek Gap but Hood withdrew further west to Gadsden, Alabama. Sherman surmised that Hood was trying to pull him further and further away from Atlanta, so he returned to Atlanta to plan his campaign - the "March to the Sea" through Georgia. He left Thomas at his rear.

Hood then positioned his forces of 18 brigades of infantry, drawn up in a line of battle across two miles of open field

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