This Day in Georgia History
May 07, 1864
Fighting Began in Atlanta Campaign
After two days of skirmishes, Confederate troops withdrew from Tunnel Hill, which Federal troops then occupied. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman made the Clisby Austin House his temporary residence. Several miles away, the first fighting in the Atlanta Campaign began northwest of Dalton. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston’s Confederate forces, entrenched along the railroad at Rocky Face Ridge, were engaged from the front by Union Gen. George H. Thomas’ Army of the Cumberland. Meanwhile, the remainder of Sherman’s forces tried to outflank Johnston and encircle Confederate forces.