June 2, 1864: Stoneman takes Allatoona Pas

George Stoneman

Official Records:
Sherman’s cavalry under Stoneman have taken Allatoona Pass, and Sherman continues pressing Johnston southward.

HDQRS. MILITARY DIVISION OF THE MISSISSIPPI, In the Field, near Dallas, June 2, 1864.

Major-General HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:

Yesterday General McPherson moved up from Dallas to the point in front of the enemy at New Hope Church, and Generals Schofield and Hooker were shifted to the extreme left. To-day they pushed forward in a heavy rain and thunder storm, and have advanced about two miles toward Marietta. At the same time I sent General Stoneman’s cavalry directly to Allatoona and General Garrard’s cavalry to the western end of the pass, both of whom reached their points and secured possession of the pass. So our movement has secured to us that pass which was considered a formidable one. I have ordered the railroad to be repaired, and will gradually move across by the left of the railroad. The country is most difficult, being of dense undergrowth and short steep ridges of flinty stone. Thus fa we have had no real battle, but one universal skirmish extending over a vast surface.

W. T. SHERMAN,
Major-General.

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