Gen. Joseph E. Johnston had withdrawn from Rocky Face Ridge to the hills around Resaca GA. 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.
Location: Gordon County and Whitfield County
Campaign: Atlanta Campaign (1864)
Dates: May 13-15, 1864
Principal Commanders: Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman [US]; Gen. Joseph E. Johnston [CS]
Forces Engaged: Military Division of the Mississippi [US]; Army of Tennessee [CS]
Estimated Casualties: 5,547 total (US 2,747; CS 2,800)
Open: Daily. Free admission and parking. Amenities: Restrooms and Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 706-625-3200 - Location: US Hwy 41 N. and Confederate Cemetery Rd., Resaca, Georgia 30735
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