Portrait of Joseph Wheeler

The Second Battle of Dalton was a Union victory because General Joseph Wheeler (pictured here) failed to cut the Western and Atlantic Railroad that supplied Major General William T. Sherman’s Union forces surrounding Atlanta. [Wikimedia Commons]

Second Battle of Dalton Facts

August 14–15, 1864

Key facts about the Second Battle of Dalton.

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Date

  • August 14-15, 1864

Location

  • Whtifield County, in and near Dalton, Georgia

Campaign

Principal Union Commanders

  • Major General James B. Steedman
  • Colonel Bernard Laibolt

Principal Confederate Commanders

Union Forces Engaged

  • District of Etowah

Confederate Forces Engaged

  • Wheeler’s Cavalry Corps of the Army of Tennessee

Number of Union Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 800

Number of Confederate Soldiers Engaged

  • Roughly 5,000

Estimated Union Casualties

  • 90 (40 killed, 55 wounded)

Estimated Confederate Casualties

  • 150 (killed, wounded, captured/missing)

Result

  • Union victory

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 Second Battle of Dalton Facts
  • Coverage August 14–15, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords second battle of dalton
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date November 28, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2021
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