Buzzard’s Roost, Battle of – Facts2019-03-18T22:23:11+00:00
Photograph of George Henry Thomas.

Elements of Major General George Thomas’s Army of the Cumberland attacked Rebel defenders entrenched at a gap in the mountains north of Resaca, Georgia, known as Buzzard’s Roost Gap.

Battle of Buzzard's Roost Facts

May 9, 1864

Key facts about the Battle of Buzzard's Roost.

Date:

  • May 9, 1864

Location:

  • Whitfield County, Georgia, near the town of Dalton

Campaign:

  • Atlanta

Principal Union commander:

  • Major General George Thomas

Principal Confederate commander:

  • General Joseph E. Johnston

Union forces engaged:

  • Army of the Cumberland

Confederate forces engaged:

  • Army of Tennessee

Number of soldiers engaged:

  • Undetermined

Estimated casualties:

  • Unknown

Result:

  • Union victory.

Significance:

  • Although Rebel defenders were able to hold back the Army of the Cumberland, the engagement accomplished Major General William T. Sherman’s objective of holding the Confederates in check as he successfully outflanked General Joseph Johnston’s Army of Tennessee.
  • The Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was part of a larger engagement known as the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge, which was the first encounter between Union forces during the Atlanta Campaign.

Citation Information

The following information is provided for citations.

  • Article Title Battle of Buzzard's Roost Facts
  • Coverage May 9, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of buzzard's roost, american civil war, william t. sherman, joseph e. johnston, atlanta campaign, george thomas
  • Website Name American History Central
  • URL
  • Access Date August 23, 2019
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2019

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