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This Day in Georgia History

October 05, 1864

Battle of Allatoona Pass

The Battle of Allatoona Pass was fought marking the final engagement between Hood’s retreating Confederate forces and Sherman’s invading Union force. Confederate Gen. Samuel French led the attack on a small Union fort atop the mountain guarding the Western & Atlantic Railroad’s tracks at Allatoona Pass. Despite artillery bombardment and repeated charges, the Union forces held the fort. Casualties totaled 799 Confederate and 706 Union killed and wounded. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has erected an interpretative marker shown here at the site of the battle, which is located near the edge of Lake Allatoona.

To read an account of the battle, see the Digital Library of Georgia.