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This Day in Georgia History

May 11, 1864

Sherman Tried Flanking Movement

General William T. Sherman pulled most of his Union forces back from the attacks on Mill Creek Gap and Dug Gap and hurriedly marched them southward. If he could reach Resaca before Johnston realized what was happening, Sherman could defeat the smaller Confederate force defending Resaca. More importantly, the bulk of Sherman’s Union army would now be south of Johnston’s forces, which would make an Atlanta an easy prize to take.