General William Tecumseh Sherman’s defeat at Kennesaw Mountain made Sherman change his tactics from “direct” assaults to “indirect” assaults, towards Atlanta. Sherman ordered a flanking attack on Jonesboro, and was successfully able to move in and capture Atlanta. It is interesting to note that according to Army regulations, it was illegal to burn an enemy occupied city. However, by banishing the civilians out of Atlanta, it was legally deemed a “military post,” and not an occupied city. After burning Atlanta, Sherman begins his “March to the Sea,” in November 1864.