Black and white photo of William T. Sherman.

William Sherman commanded Union forces in the Battle of Adairsville.

Battle of Adairsville Facts

May 17, 1864 — Also known as the Battle of Cassville

The Battle of Adairsville was perhaps more significant for what did not happen than what did. Union forces were spared the possibility of a costly defeat when Confederate leaders failed to spring a well-laid trap after Sherman had divided his armies.

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Date

  • The battle occurred on May 17, 1864

Location

  • Bartow County, Georgia, near the town of Adairsville

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Tennessee
  • Army of the Ohio
  • Army of the Cumberland

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Tennessee

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 4,500

Union Casualties

  • Estimated 200 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Confederate Casualties

  • Unknown

Result

  • Successful Confederate delaying action

Significance

  • The Battle of Adairsville was perhaps more significant for what did not happen than what did. Union forces were spared the possibility of a costly defeat when Confederate leaders failed to spring a well-laid trap after Sherman had divided his armies.

Timeline of the Battle of Adairsville

These are the main battles and events that led to and followed the battle, in chronological order.

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Adairsville Facts
  • Coverage May 17, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Battle of Adairsville, Battle of Cassville, Quick Facts
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 10, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 20, 2022
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