This Week in the Civil War - #933
At Allatoona, Georgia, on Wednesday, October 5, 1864 approximately two thousand Confederates commanded by General Samuel Gibbs French attacked Union forces of General John Corse. Corse’s troops held a strategic railroad pass at Allatoona, and the Confederates wanted to regain control of this important position. After an opening cannonade and request to Corse that he surrender his command, the Confederates attacked. After bitter fighting, French retreated only when he was misinformed that Federal reinforcements were advancing to outflank him. In truth, reinforcements were not on the way, despite a message from Sherman’s headquarters urging Corse to hold until reinforced. At this insignificant, yet costly engagement, with both forces totaling approximately two thousand, the Confederates suffered 799 dead, wounded, or missing, with Union troops suffering 706 total casualties.