May 14th, 1864: The Battle of Resaca

May 14th, 1864 was the first day of the Battle of Resaca.  This was the first large scale battle in the campaign.  There were approximately 160,000 troops engaged over a two day period.  Union casualties were around 3560 and Confederate casualties numbered around 2600.

General Hood attacks the Federal line north of Resaca and pushes them out of their lines and back about a mile.  The 5th Indiana Battery shows up just in time and is able to support the retreating Federals, causing Hood to return to his lines and allowing the Union troops to retake their lines.  There was fighting along the entire four mile long front.
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The Confederate line would have been on the ridge to the left and the field would be the rear of their lines.  This is where Hood’s Corps was positioned to the north of Resaca.
Looking towards the the railroad which is just beyond the hill.  Hood’s Line meet the Railroad and extended west to meet Hardee’s line that turned south.
The railroad is just beyond the hill.  This part of the original battlefield is used for the annual reenactment and has also been used for several educational films that depict the battle.
This hill top is part of a ridge line north of Resaca that Hood’s Corps formed their line on.  To the right side of the frame, West, Hood’s line connected with Hardee’s line which turned south to join Polk’s Corp which terminated at the Oostanaula River.
Nance Springs.  Looking south toward the rear of the Federal lines.  The lines were about 200 yards from this intersection and to the south.
This elementary school now sits where General McPherson established his lines after advancing from Snake Creek Gap.

Author: Clint Brownlee

My name is Clint Brownlee and I am a Photographer in Woodstock, Georgia with over 20 years of photographic experience in many different aspects of photography. I have photographed everything from weddings, special events and portraits to published materials, but my passion has always been Fine Art and Nature Photography. I have had a several shows at the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia and The Roswell Visual Arts Center in Roswell, Georgia. I now sell through my website:

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