armor of the Atlanta would have been ineffectual against the guns of the two monitors.
In the spring of 1863 there occurred in north Georgia one of the most celebrated cavalry exploits of the war, the capture of Col. A. D. Streight by Gen. Nathan B. Forrest.
Bragg at this time occupied with the army of Tennessee the Tullahoma line and Rosecrans was at Murfreesboro, both armies being quiet for the time, though their cavalry kept busy.
On the night of April 26th, Colonel Streight set out from Tuscumbia, Ala., with 1,500 men, mostly mounted, with orders to cut the railroad in Georgia below Rome.
He was promptly followed by a cavalry command under General Forrest.
A battle was fought at Driver's gap, Sand mountain, in which Capt. W. H. Forrest, a brother of the general, was severely wounded—it was feared mortally, but he recovered and was in the field again in 1864.
Streight, driven from this position, pushed on toward the Georgia line; but on the next day he was overtaken at Bla