Snake Creek Gap
Sherman's First Flanking Movement
— Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
Sherman hoped to cut the Confederate army's rail line at Resaca, located near the southern end of the gap. He also wanted to place major portions of his larger
While General Sherman's other two armies occupied Confederates on Rocky Face Ridge, General McPherson marched his 24,000-man army toward Snake Creek Gap. Private Thomas W. Moffatt of the 12th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment recalled, “We were...sloshing along over the stones and water of Snake Creek Gap. The road over which we were passing was probably the finest in the world as far as dustlessness was concerned for it was the flat bed of Snake Creek.”
McPherson's troops arrived at the north end of the gap on May 8th, finding it undefended, and by only by a small number of Confederate cavalrymen at its southern end. After noon on the 9th, McPherson notified Sherman that his troops were within two miles of Resaca. Slamming his fist on a table, Sherman excitedly exclaimed, “I've got Joe Johnston dead!” However, General McPherson's army soon encountered about 4,000 Confederates under Brigadier General James Cantey, entrenched near Resaca. Though greatly superior
For General Johnston, his failure to adequately
guard Snake Creek Gap, and his cavalry's failure
to notify him sooner of the Federal flanking
movement, could have resulted in a Confederate
disaster. General Sherman pushed the bulk of his
armies through Snake Creek Gap, Johnston
withdrew his army south from Dalton to where
reinforcements awaited, and both commanders
readied for the first major battle of the Atlanta
Campaign, at Resaca on May 14 & 15, 1864.
Erected 2019 by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 13.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 34° 39.847′ N, 85° 3.583′ W. Marker is in Sugar Valley, Georgia, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from Resaca Lafayette Road NW (Georgia Route 136) 4.1 miles north of Connector Route 136 Connector Road, on the right when traveling north. Located at the Pinhoti Trail Trailhead within the Chattahoochee-Oconee
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Villanow (approx. 3.2 miles away); McPherson’s Army at Snake Creek Gap (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Snake Creek Gap (approx. 3.9 miles away); Battles of Tilton (approx. 4.6 miles away); Geary's Division to Dug Gap (approx. 4.7 miles away); Babb's Settlement (approx. 5.1 miles away); Battle of Dug Gap (approx. 5.1 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Dug Gap (approx. 6 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 61 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.