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Battle of Resaca - May 15, 1864

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Battle of Resaca - May 15, 1864
Battle of Resaca - May 15, 1864

American Battlefield Trust’s map of the Battle of Resaca

Despite his failure to break Johnston’s line, May 14 had been a productive day for Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman. Brig. Gen. Thomas Sweeny’s Sixteenth Corps division had discovered an unprotected river crossing that would allow the Federals to flank the Rebel position at Resaca. While he made preparations for the crossing, Sherman ordered Maj. Gen. George Thomas to assault the section of the Confederate line held by Lt. Gen. John B. Hood’s men. At 11:30, Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker’s corps advanced astride the Dalton Road where they encountered an unsupported battery of napoleons under Capt. Maximillian Van Den Corput. Hooker’s men drove off the Confederate gunners but were unable to take possession of the battery, leaving Van Den Corput’s guns in no man’s land for most of the day. Hood made a tepid effort to retake the guns, but soon thought better of it.  That night, men of Brig. Gen. John Geary’s division dug through the earthen embrasure and dragged the guns off the field. By then, Sweeny had successfully crossed the Oostanaula River. Realizing he had been flanked, Johnston withdrew his troops that night.

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