First Battle of Dalton

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First Battle of Dalton
Part of the American Civil War
Date February 22, 1864 (1864-02-22)–February 27, 1864 (1864-02-27)
Location Whitfield County, Georgia
Result Confederate victory
Belligerents
United States United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Commanders and leaders
George H. Thomas Joseph E. Johnston
Units involved
Army of the Cumberland Army of Tennessee
Strength
25,000 40,000
Casualties and losses
300 140
Map of Dalton I Battlefield core and study areas by the American Battlefield Protection Program.

The First Battle of Dalton was a series of American Civil War skirmishes that took place between February 22 and February 27, 1864,[1] in Whitfield County, Georgia. At the suggestion of Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant,[2] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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, United States". Series 1, Volume 32, Part 1 (Reports). Government Printing Office. pp. 417–484. Retrieved August 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 

Coordinates: 34°48′11″N 85°00′45″W / 34.8031°N 85.0124°W / 34.8031; -85.0124