Battle of Allatoona

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Battle of Allatoona
Allatoona Pass
Began:

October 5, 1864

Ended:

Same day

Location:

Bartow County, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Franklin-Nashville Campaign

Outcome:

Union victory

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Combatants
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Union garrison

French's Division,
Army of Tennessee

Commanders

John M. Corse
Brigadier General, USA

Samuel G. French
Major General, CSA

Strength

1,944

2,000

Casualties

706

799

  

After the fall of Atlanta, Hood moved northward to threaten the Western & Atlantic Railroad, Sherman’s supply line. He attacked a number of minor garrisons and damaged track during October 2-4. Sherman sent reinforcements—John M. Corse’s brigade—to Allatoona just before the Rebels attacked there. Maj. Gen. Samuel G. French’s Confederate division arrived near Allatoona at sunrise on the 5th. After demanding a surrender and receiving a negative reply, French attacked. The Union outer line survived a sustained two and a half hour attack, but then fell back and regrouped in an earthen “Star” fort of Allatoona Pass. French repeatedly attacked, but the fort held. The Rebels began to run out of ammunition, and reports of arriving Union reinforcements influenced them to move off and rejoin Hood’s force. (NPS summary)

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