Photograph of George Henry Thomas.

On May 9, 1864, 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. [Library of Congress]

Battle of Buzzard's Roost Facts Quick Facts

May 9, 1864

Facts About Battle of Buzzard's Roost - Facts


The Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was fought on May 9, 1864.

The Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was fought in Whitfield County, Georgia, near the town of Dalton.

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.

The Union army that fought in the Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was the Army of the Cumberland.

The Union commander at the Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was Major General George Thomas.

The Confederate army that fought in the Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was the Army of Tennessee.

The Confederate commander at the Battle of Buzzard’s Roost was General Joseph E. Johnston.

Although Rebel defenders were able to hold back the Army of the Cumberland at the Battle of Buzzard’s Roost, 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.

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  • Article Title Battle of Buzzard's Roost - Facts Quick 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
  • Access Date September 22, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2021
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