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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 27, 1864

Battle of Fair Garden

The relatively small Battle of Fair Garden, Tennessee took place. Union cavalry had been interfering with Confederate foraging attempts, so native Georgian James Longstreet - commander of the Confederate army in Tennessee - deployed troops to confront them. Confederate forces at first drove the Union forces back, but the Union commander learned all the Confederates had gathered near Fair Garden and attacked there the morning of the 27th, routing what Confederate forces were there. An attempt to follow up the victory the following day failed because of a lack of supplies and the arrival of Confederate reinforcements. So while the battle itself was a Union victory, they did withdraw from the general area.