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This Day in Georgia History

May 15, 1864

Battle of Resaca Continued

To view a contemporary report on the Battle of Resaca, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Fierce fighting continued during the Battle of Resaca. While Union artillery shelled the entrenched Confederates, Federal infantry (Hooker’s XX Corps and Howard’s IV Corps) charged the Confederates but were turned back with heavy losses. Results of the three-day Battle of Resaca were inconclusive - casualties totaled approximately 2,800 for the Confederates and 2,750 for Union forces. Later in the day, a portion of General William T. Sherman’s army crossed the Oostanaula River at Lay’s Ferry three miles downstream from the battle. Realizing that by the next day, the Confederates would be trapped by Union forces from front and rear, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston orders his troops to abandon Resaca that night. In what would become characteristic of Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign, the outnumbered Confederates retreated towards Atlanta to fight another day.