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Resaca (1864)
 
War:   American Civil War
 
Date(s):   13 May 1864 - 15 May 1864
 
Location:   Gordon and Whitfield Counties, Georgia, US
 
Outcome:   Inconclusive
 
Principal   Commanders:   Confederate: Joseph E. Johnston
Union: William T. Sherman
 
Description:   Sherman’s and Johnston’s main armies sparred.

Losses were very even, right around 2,800 each.

Gen. Joseph E. Johnston had withdrawn from Rocky Face Ridge to the hills around Resaca. On the 13th, the Union troops tested the Rebel lines to pinpoint their whereabouts. The next day full scale fighting occurred, and the Union troops were generally repulsed except on the Rebel right flank where Sherman did not fully exploit his advantage. On the 15th, the battle continued with no advantage to either side until Sherman sent a force across the Oostanula River, at Lay’s Ferry, towards Johnston’s railroad supply line. Unable to halt this Union movement, Johnston was forced to retire.


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