Portrait of Joseph Johnston.

Although the Union suffered higher casualties than the Confederacy, the Battle of Resaca was a Union victory because Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston (pictured here) yielded ground to Major General William T. Sherman’s drive toward Atlanta. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Resaca Facts

May 13–15, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Resaca.

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Date

  • May 13–15, 1864

Location

  • Gordon County, Georgia, near the town of Resaca
  • Whitfield County, Georgia, near the town of Resaca

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 99,000

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 60,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 4,000 – 5,000 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 2,800 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

Significance

  • Although the Union suffered higher casualties than the Confederacy, the Battle of Resaca was a Union victory because Johnston yielded ground to Sherman’s seemingly inexorable drive toward Atlanta.

Timeline of the Atlanta Campaign

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

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Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Resaca Facts
  • Coverage May 13–15, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of resaca
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date November 29, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2021
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