Allatoona, GA

Battle of Allatoona

[Battle of Allatoona Pass - Courtesy of Wikipedia]

Date(s): October 5, 1864

Location: Please click on link below for map.

Allatoona, Bartow, Georgia, United States

Campaign: Franklin-Nashville Campaign [1864]

Battles in Campaign:


  • After the fall of Atlanta, Hood moved northward to threaten the Western & Atlantic Railroad, Sherman’s supply line.

  • He attacked a number of minor garrisons and damaged track during October 2-4.


  • Union: Brig. Gen. John M. Corse

  • Confederate: Maj. Gen. Samuel G. French

Principal Forces:

  • Union: One brigade (1,944 men)

  • Confederate: One division (approx. 2,000 men)


  • Sherman sent John M. Corse’s brigade to Allatoona just before the Rebels attacked there.

  • Maj. Gen. Samuel G. French’s Confederate division arrived near Allatoona at sunrise on the 5th.

  • After demanding a surrender and receiving a negative reply, French attacked.

  • The Union outer line survived a sustained two and a half hour attack, but then fell back and regrouped in an earthen “Star” fort of Allatoona Pass.

  • French continued to attack, but the fort held.

  • The Confederates began to run out of ammunition, and reports of arriving Union reinforcements influenced them to move off and rejoin Hood’s force.

Photo Gallery:2

Allatoona Battlefield

Description of Allatoona Pass

Description of War Time Allatoona

Clayton House

Description of Battle of Allatoona

Description of Battle of Allatoona

Allatoona Battlefield Trail Map

Demand for Surrender from Maj. Gen. French

Memorial Site at Allatoona Pass

Texas Monument

Missouri Monument

Back of Missouri Monument

New Mississippi Monument

New Mississippi Monument

War Time Tennessee Wagon Road

Allatoona Mountain Range

Military Service Road

4th Minnesota Regimental Headquarters

The Deep Cut

Federal Trenches

Federal Trenches

Federal Trenches

Federal Trenches

Federal Trenches

Federal Trenches

Federal Trenches

Grave of the Unknown Hero

Star Fort Trail

Rowett's Redoubt

Rowett's Redoubt

The Star Fort

The Confederate Withdrawal

The Star Fort

The Star Fort

The Star Fort

The Star Fort

The Star Fort


Classification3: B


  • Union: 706

  • Confederate: 799

Results:  Union Victory

Battlefield Website:

Lodging and Restaurants: Georgia Tourism

Recommended Resources:

1 National Park Service summary.

2 Please click on the image to enlarge it. You may copy the images if you include the following note and link with each image: "Courtesy of"

3 Classification:

  • A - having a decisive influence on a campaign and a direct impact on the course of the war

  • B - having a direct and decisive influence on their campaign

  • C - having observable influence on the outcome of a campaign

  • D - having a limited influence on the outcome of their campaign or operation but achieving or affecting important local objectives

4 Casualties are someone killed, injured, wounded, captured or missing.

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