February 27, This day during the American Civil War

February 27, 1864 – The First Battle of Dalton was a series of American Civil War skirmishes that took place between February 22 and February 27, 1864, in Whitfield County, Georgia. On February 22, Union Army Major General George H. Thomas decided to probe Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston’s troops, to determine if the loss of two divisions to reinforce Confederate forces elsewhere had made them vulnerable to attack. After several days of intense skirmishing, Thomas’s army withdrew upon realizing Johnston could repel any assault.

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