First Battle of Dalton
|First Battle of Dalton|
|Part of the American Civil War|
|United States of America (Union)||Confederate States of America|
|Commanders and leaders|
|George H. Thomas||Joseph E. Johnston|
|Army of the Cumberland||Army of Tennessee|
|Casualties and losses|
At the suggestion of Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant, Major General George H. Thomas, decided to probe General Joseph E. Johnston's strength, to determine if the loss of two divisions to reinforce Confederate forces elsewhere had made the Confederate Army of Tennessee vulnerable to attack. On February 22, Thomas began the reconnaissance movement, which included three columns of Union troops. After several days of intense skirmishing, Thomas's army withdrew upon realizing Johnston could repel any assault.
Much of the battlefield landscape has been compromised by Interstate 75, development along US Route 41, the growth of the City of Dalton, and subdivision of the Crow Valley and Tunnel Hill areas.
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- United States; Davis, George B.; et al. (1891). "The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies". 1, Vol. 32, Pt. 2. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 373. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- "Individual Battle Profiles" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
- National Park Service battle description Verified 21 February 2018.
- CWSAC Report Update and Resurvey: Individual Battlefield Profiles
- Jenkins, Robert, "Civil War anniversary: The Battles for Dalton Feb. 24-26 and May 7-12, 1864," 150th Civil War Commission, The Daily Citizen.
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, v.32, pt.1 (Reports)