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This Day in Georgia History

February 27, 1864

Rocky Face Ridge Skirmish

During a Union probe led by Gen. George H. Thomas to test Confederate forces under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston, the third of three skirmishes took place at Rocky Face Ridge. The day before, fighting had occurred at Tunnell Hill, and two days before at Buzzard Roost. The casualty count of the three days of skirmishes was 20 killed and 120 wounded for the Confederates, and 17 killed and 272 wounded for the Federals. In May, Confederate and Union forces would tangle again with major battles at these sites.