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Battle of Rocky Face Ridge
Part of the American Civil War
Date May 7–13, 1864[1]
Location Whitfield County, Georgia
Result Union victory
United States United States (Union) Confederate States of America CSA (Confederacy)
William T. Sherman Joseph E. Johnston
Military Division of the Mississippi Army of Tennessee
Casualties and losses
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The Battle of Rocky Face Ridge was fought May 7–13, 1864, in Whitfield County, Georgia, during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War. The Union army was led by Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman while the Confederate army was led by Gen. Joseph E. Johnston. The Union victory resulted in the Confederates being forced off of the ridge.

General Johnston had entrenched his army on the long, high mountain of Rocky Face Ridge and eastward across Crow Valley. As Sherman approached, he decided to demonstrate against the position with two columns while he sent a third one through Snake Creek Gap, to the right, to hit the Western & Atlantic Railroad at Resaca. The two columns engaged the enemy at Buzzard Roost (Mill Creek Gap) and at Dug Gap. In the meantime, the third column, under Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson, passed through Snake Creek Gap and on the May 9 advanced to the outskirts of Resaca, where it found Confederates entrenched. Fearing defeat, McPherson pulled his column back to Snake Creek Gap. On May 10, Sherman decided to take most of his men and join McPherson to take Resaca. The next morning, Sherman's army withdrew from in front of Rocky Face Ridge. Discovering Sherman's movement, Johnston retired south towards Resaca on May 12.[1]


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Coordinates: 34°44′28″N 85°00′56″W / 34.74105°N 85.01568°W / 34.74105; -85.01568

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