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This Day in Georgia History

May 09, 1864

Battle of Snake Creek Gap

While the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge continued near Dalton, Union forces under Maj. Gen. James McPherson advanced through Snake Creek Gap to the south and advanced toward Resaca. The plan was to capture the small town, establish control of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, and block Gen. Johnston’s retreat. However, Johnston had already sent a Confederate force to defend Reseca. McPherson overestimated the size of that force and withdrew to Snake Creek Gap to await reinforcements.