Battle of Pickett's Mill
The Battle of Pickett's Mill was fought on May 27, 1864, in Paulding County, Georgia, during the American Civil War between Union and Confederate forces. Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman attempted an attack on the right flank of Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston.
After the Union defeat at New Hope Church, Sherman ordered Maj. Gen. Oliver O. Howard to attack Johnston's seemingly exposed right flank. The Confederates were ready for the attack, which did not unfold as planned because supporting troops never appeared. The Confederates repulsed the attack causing high casualties.
Bierce reported that the battle took about 45 minutes; that the total loss was 1,400 men; one-half were killed and wounded in Hazen's brigade in 30 minutes of actual fighting. Soldiers from the 7th Texas took advantage of the battle to rearm themselves with Enfield rifles dropped by Union soldiers in place of the Austrian Lorenz rifles they'd been carrying. Sherman did not mention the battle in either his official report of the Atlanta Campaign or his memoirs.
The address of Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site is 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Rd, Dallas, Georgia 30157. It is now preserved as a Georgia state park and includes roads used by Union and Confederate troops, earthwork battlements, and an 1800s-era pioneer cabin.
- Pickett's Mill at Civil War Virtual Tours
- Battle of Pickett's Mill
- Paulding County Historical Society & Museum
- The Ambrose Bierce Project
- The Crime at Pickett's Mill by Ambrose Bierce.
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