Battle of Utoy Creek

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Battle of Utoy Creek
Began:

August 5, 1864

Ended:

August 7, 1864

Location:

Fulton County, Georgia

Theater:

Western Theater

Campaign:

Atlanta Campaign

Outcome:

Inconclusive

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Combatants
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Army of the Ohio

Army of Tennessee

Commanders

John M. Schofield
Major General, USA

John B. Hood
Lieutenant General, CSA

Strength
Casualties

400

225

  

After failing to envelop Hood's left flank at Ezra Church, Sherman still wanted to extend his right flank to hit the railroad between East Point and Atlanta. He transferred John M. Schofield's Army of the Ohio from his left to his right flank and sent him to the north bank of Utoy Creek. Although Schofield's troops were at Utoy Creek on August 2, they, along with the XIV Corps, Army of the Cumberland, did not cross until the 4th. Schofield's force began its movement to exploit this situation on the morning of the 5th, which was initially successful. Schofield then had to regroup his forces, which took the rest of the day. The delay allowed the Rebels to strengthen their defenses with abatis, which slowed the Union attack when it restarted on the morning of the 6th. The Federals were repulsed with heavy losses by Bate's Division and failed in an attempt to break the railroad. On the 7th, the Union troops moved toward the Confederate main line and entrenched. Here they remained until late August. (NPS summary)

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