Second Battle of Dalton Facts

August 14–15, 1864

Second Dalton Battle facts, including dates, location, casualties, leaders, who won, and more interesting facts you might not know. This fact sheet provides a quick overview of the battle and is for kids doing research and students preparing for the AP U.S. History (APUSH) exam.

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]


  • August 14-15, 1864


  • Whtifield County, in and near Dalton, Georgia


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)


  • Union victory

Timeline of the Atlanta Campaign

These are the main battles and events of the Atlanta Campaign in order.