Oostanaula River Bridges
The Battle of Resaca
— Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
In early May 1864, Union Major General William T. Sherman ordered Major General James McPherson's army to proceed south through Snake Creek Gap in order to wreck the railroad at Resaca. This action would cut the supply line from Atlanta for Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army located at Dalton.
Only 4,000 Confederates defended the Oostanaula River bridges when McPherson's 23,000 Federals arrived west of Resaca on May 9th. Artillery fire from Fort Wayne
Sherman's armies attacked, much of the Confederate front on the 14th stalling with heavy Federal losses in Camp Creek Vallen Confederates countered near Nance Springs, but then stalled too. A later Federal attack pushed Confederates from hills overlooking the Oostanaula River bridges then resisted repeated counterattacks. Confederate supplies also came across the two bridges and on a pontoon bridge. Federal advances brought all three bridges under fire. Sergeant Walter Clarke of the 63rd Georgia Infantry Regiment wrote in his journal, “Exposed to heavy artillery fire while crossing pontoon bridge at Resaca.” He added later, “A solid shot from the [Federal] battery struck directly in [the company to our front], killing two and wounding a third, not more than ten feet from where I stood.”
Another attack and counterattack occurred near Nance Springs on the 15th resulting in heavy casualties and the capture
Erected by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 14.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 34° 34.338′ N, 84° 56.43′ W. Marker is in Resaca, Georgia, in Gordon County. Marker is on U.S. 41 0.2 miles north of Upper Tate Bend Road NW, on the left when traveling north. Located at the Gordon County Justice Center & Sheriffs Office. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2700 US-41, Calhoun GA 30701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battle of Resaca (approx. 0.6 miles away); Polk's Line Withdrawn to Resaca (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Resaca (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Resaca (approx. 1.9 miles away); Atlanta Campaign (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of Resaca (approx. 2.2 miles away); Miss Mary Green (approx. 2.3 miles away); Confederate Cemetery Resaca (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Resaca.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Battle of Resaca. (Submitted on November 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 55 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.