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 Atlanta Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Atlanta Campaign in order.

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Citation Information

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  • 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 December 5, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2021
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