It was one of the few Confederate victories in the final two years of the Civil War and only served to delay the Union march on Atlanta by a few weeks.
The Federal Army at Pickett’s Mill was commanded by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and the Confederate Army by Gen. Joseph Johnson.
After the Federals were soundly defeated at the Battle of New Hope Church just two days earlier, Sherman attempted an attack on the right flank of the Confederates at Pickett’s Mill.
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 due to supporting Federal troops never reaching the battlefield to assist their comrades as ordered.
The Confederates easily repulsed the attack with the Federals suffering 1,600 troops killed, wounded or captured compared to only 500 Confederates.