This Day in Georgia Civil War History
August 06, 1864
Battle of Utoy Creek
The Battle of Utoy Creek took place southwest of Atlanta. The Union forces attempted to capture the railroad junction at East Point by making two frontal assaults on Confederate forces entrenched there. Both times they were repulsed. The engagement was small - Union casualties were around 300, while the Confederates only lost 20 men. Still, the Confederate victory convinced Sherman to abandon frontal attacks on Atlanta’s defenders.