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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 09, 1864

Battle Of Rocky Face Ridge Continued

While the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge continued near Dalton, Union forces under General James McPherson advanced through Snake Creek Gap to the south and moved toward Resaca. Their plan was to capture the small town, establish control of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, and block the Confederates’ retreat. However, General Joseph E. Johnston had already sent a Confederate force to defend Resaca. McPherson overestimated the size of that force and withdrew to Snake Creek Gap to await reinforcements.