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Battle of Ezra Church, GA
in the American Civil War
Union Battle Summary
|Ezra Church, Ga., July 28, 1864. 15th Army Corps.
During the advance on Atlanta and the fighting around that place Gen.
J.C. Brown was ordered to attack Gen. John A. Logan and drive him
beyond Ezra Church. An attempt was made on the Union forces just as
they reached the top fo the ridge upon which the church was situated
and the line was carried at several places, but Brown was repulsed.
After a little time the Confederate commander sent three brigades of
Gen. Clayton's division against Logan, but with the same result. The
Union troops had had time to throw up some rude defenses and the fire
of the enemy did not effect them as much as in the first assault.
After Brown and Clayton had failed Gen. Walthall was sent out by Gen.
Hood, commanding the Confederate forces about Atlanta, to engage
Logan. Sharp fighting continued from 2 o'clock until dark when Hood
withdrew all his forces within the lines about Atlanta. This
engagement at Ezra Church was the last fought outside the Confederate
works during the campaign. The fight lasted from 11:30 a.m. until
darkness fell. Logan reported his loss as 50 killed, 439 wounded and
73 missing. The Confederate loss was 600 killed. Logan's forces also
captured 5 battleflags, 106 prisoners and 1,500 to 2,000 muskets.
Source: The Union Army, Volume 5, Cyclopedia of Battles,