This Day in Georgia Civil War History
May 07, 1864
Tunnel Hill Taken, Fighting at Dalton; Atlanta Campaign
After two days of skirmishing, Confederate troops withdrew from Tunnel Hill, which Federal troops then occupied. While this was going on, several miles away fighting began northwest of Dalton, where a major Confederate force under General Joseph E. Johnston was entrenched along the railroad at Rocky Face Ridge. Here they were met by a portion of the Union army under the command of General George H. Thomas. Meanwhile, the remainder of General William T. Sherman’s forces tried to outflank Johnston and encircle his Confederate forces.