American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Dallas
May 28, 1864
On May 28, 1864, Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee’s corps probed the Union line near Dallas held by Maj. Gen. John A. Logan’s XV Corps from the Army of the Tennessee. Hardee’s orders were to exploit any weakness or possible withdrawal in the Yankee line. The Confederates attacked Logan’s right and up the Powder Springs Road (modern day Main Street in Dallas). Fighting ensued but the Rebels were repulsed, suffering high casualties. Other divisions in Hardee’s corps like Maj. Gen. H. T. Walker’s further north pressured the Union line for three days, preventing an unobserved withdrawal. Sherman abandoned his lines at Dallas on June 1 and moved toward the Western and Atlantic Railroad, forcing Johnston to follow.