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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

August 14, 1864

Second Battle of Dalton Began

The Second Battle of Dalton began. Confederate General Joseph Wheeler and his cavalry had been in northwest Georgia on a mission to destroy railroad tracks and cut the Union supply lines. On this day approached Dalton and demanded the surrender of the small Union garrison there. The Union commander refused; Wheeler attacked, but the Union forces were well entrenched and well supplied and held out, despite the attack going on until after midnight.