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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore) 14 0 Browse Search
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of all the troops of the Sixteenth army corps available in the present contingency, is ordered to pass through Snake Creek Gap, hurry forward to Resacca, and if possible cut the railroad and hold the works. General Sweeney, with the Second division, led the advance. From the moment the movement began, the enemy's skirmishers displayed a determination to oppose all the resistance possible against so superior a force, and succeeded in wounding numbers of good men during the advance. Colonel Phillips' Ninth Illinois mounted infantry was skirmishing in front. The Colonel's horse was killed under him, and he himself was too badly wounded to support himself in the saddle. Covered in front by a light force of cavalry the division continued to move toward Resacca. Passing the junction of the Dalton and Resacca roads the column was greeted, much to its surprise, with a shower of shell from a rebel battery on the ridge directly in front, afterwards occupied by batteries of the Fifteenth
Much of the injury I received here was from the enemy's artillery with canister. Our artillery did not come up until next day, nearly twenty-four hours after the fight; my front lines maintained their positions at the line of these pits, and fortified during the night. Colonel Taylor's brigade soon came into position on my left. The loss in my command during these two last days was ninety killed and wounded; among the latter were: Captain Brinton, my A. A. A. G., severe wound in arm, Major Phillips, Seventy-seventh Pennsylvania, arm off; Captain Fellows and Captain Taylor of the Eighty-fourth Indiana; all fell bravely at their posts. September 3.--No change in position to-day, but much firing at each other's lines, with some casualties, which remained so until the morning of September fifth. When twenty-six miles east of south of Atlanta, in front of Lovejoy, a station on the Macon railroad, and seventy-five miles from the latter place, orders were received announcing that the
vance of the infantry. On the sixth, the enemy began crossing the Osage at Castle Rock and one or two other fords under cover of his artillery, opposed by Colonel Phillips with the available cavalry at Jefferson City. While thus engaged, Generals McNeill and Sanborn reached Jefferson City, by a forced march, with all the mount, with eight pieces of artillery on their line of battle. With the instinct of a true cavalry general, Pleasonton immediately ordered an attack by Benteen's and Phillips' brigades, which by a magnificent charge completely routed them, capturing eight guns, two stands of colors, Major-General Marmaduke, Brigadier-General Cabell, fn ample to deal with any resistance Price's command would offer this side of the Arkansas. Orders were accordingly given, and General Pleasonton returned with Phillips' brigade, the cannon, and part of the prisoners, to Warrensburg. The Kansas troops and Benteen's brigade pursued the enemy's flying columns, a part of whom made
m captured. The large flag of the Sixth regiment Arkansas volunteers was captured on a train at the railroad depot, on occupying Macon, by Sergeant John W. Deen, of Company C, Seventeenth Indiana volunteers. The flag marked captured by Reuben Phillips, Company C, Seventeenth Indiana volunteers (battle flag), was got at the same time and place. The battle flag marked captured by First Lieutenant James H. McDowell, company B, Seventeenth Indiana volunteers, was surrendered to him by Colth Pennsylvania Martin Archer, Major Commanding Colored Troops.   Dr. Biggs Lieutenant 4th Ohio V. C. Martin Archer, Major Commanding Colored Troops.   John W. Deen Sergeant 17th Indiana Major J. J. Weiler Captured flag at Macon, Georgia. Reuben Phillips Private 17th Indiana Major J. J. Weiler James H. McDowell First Lieutenant 17th Indiana Major J. J. Weiler Captured a flag at Macon, Georgia. A. R. Hudson Private 17th Indiana Major J. J. Weiler Each captured a flag in a skirmish near Cull