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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 12, 1864

Confederates Moved South from Rocky Face Ridge

As Sherman’s main Union force hurried southward from the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge to try to outflank Johnston and join McPherson’s army in attacking Resaca, Johnston ordered Confederate troops defending Mill Creek Gap to pull back. From Dalton, they headed south by foot, horse, or rail to prepare for the Union attack on Resaca.