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This Day in Georgia History

May 17, 1864

Battle of Adairsville

Two miles north of Adairsville, a portion of General William T. Sherman’s army ran into Confederate infantry. A day of fighting known as the Battle of Adairsville produced heavy Union casualties. Johnston had hoped to find an advantageous location among the hills and valleys for his outnumbered forces to engage Sherman. Finding none, he ordered the Confederates to withdraw southward toward Cassville.