Black and photo of William T. Sherman on horseback.

The Battle of Utoy was important because the Rebel victory convinced Union commander William T. Sherman to abandon frontal attacks on Atlanta’s Confederate defenders. [Wikimedia Commons]

Battle of Utoy Creek Facts

August 5–7, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Utoy Creek.

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Date

  • August 5–7, 1864

Location

  • Fulton County, southwest of Atlanta, Georgia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • Army of the Ohio, supported by 14th Corps (Army of the Cumberland)

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Army of Tennessee

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Undetermined

Estimated Union Casualties

  • Varies from about 300 to about 2,000 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • Varies from about 20 to about 250 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Inconclusive

Significance

  • Although the Battle of Utoy Creek was not a major engagement. it was important because the Confederates prevented the Federals from severing a critical supply line into Atlanta and because the Rebel victory convinced Union commander William T. Sherman to abandon frontal attacks on Atlanta’s Confederate defenders.

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 Utoy Creek Facts
  • Coverage August 5–7, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of utoy creek
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 28, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2021
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