Adairsville, Battle of – Facts2019-02-01T18:45:00+00:00
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.

Date:

  • The battle occurred on May 17, 1864.

Location:

  • Bartow County, Georgia, near the town of Adairsville.

Union Forces Engaged:

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

Confederate Forces Engaged:

  • Army of Tennessee.

Principal Union Commanders:

Principal Confederate Commanders:

  • General Joseph E. Johnston.

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.

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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
  • URL
  • Access Date July 24, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 1, 2019

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