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Atlanta Campaign WPA Marker #2: Rocky Face Ridge

The Confederate fortifications around Dalton lay on a series of strongly fortified ridges, especially Rocky Face Ridge to the West. Between February 22 and 27,1864 Maj Gen George Thomas' Army of the Cumberland led a series of reconnaissance-in-force attacks, probing the Confederate lines for a weakness. After heavy skirmishing, Thomas found the Confederates held strongly the two main passes to Dalton, Mill Creek Gap near this location, and Dug Gap several miles to the South. However a third gap, later called Snake Creek Gap even further to the South, was unguarded. For the Atlanta Campaign Maj Gen William Sherman decided on a daring plan to surround the Confederates at Dalton by holding the Confederates in place with the Army of the Cumberland, while Maj Gen James McPherson's Army of the Tennessee went through Snake Creek Gap and cut the Southern forces off at Resaca. On May 7, Thomas again led his army to attack the Confederate positions at Rocky Face Ridge. After more heavy skirmishing at Mill Creek Gap, the Federal 14th Corps found that the area had been flooded in by a Confederate impound dam.

Dalton, Georgia

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Taken on May 9, 2012