Confederate General Hood proves his fervent drive for control of the Georgia railroad. It is the third week in July, 1864. Union forces threaten to cut Atlanta's railroad supply lines. To Sherman's surprise, Confederate General John Bell Hood attacks north of Atlanta on the twentieth, though his efforts fall short. Unfazed, he strikes east of the city two days later, in what is known as the Battle of Atlanta. Though victorious in the battle's start, Hood's attack ultimately fails.