First Battle of Dalton Facts

February 22–27, 1864

Key facts about the First Battle of Dalton.

Photograph of George Henry Thomas.

Major General Thomas (pictured here) could not force Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s force from their defenses at the First Battle of Dalton, but his reconnaissance proved valuable at the Battle of Rocky Face Ridge in August. [Wikimedia Commons]



  • February 22 – February 27, 1864


  • Whitfield County, Georgia


  • Atlanta

Principal Union commander(s):

  • Major General George Thomas

Principal Confederate commander(s):

  • General Joseph E. Johnston

Union forces engaged:

  • 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:

  • 140 (killed, wounded and missing/captured)

Estimated Confederate casualties:

  • 300 (killed, wounded and missing/captured)


  • Confederate victory

Citation Information

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  • Article Title First Battle of Dalton Facts
  • Date February 22–27, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords battle of dalton i, american civil war, george thomas, joseph e. johnston
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date March 31, 2023
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 5, 2022

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