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William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 17 (search)
the country, especially that about Kenesaw, Allatoona, and the Etowah River. On that occasion I hd the Ilightower. I therefore knew that the Allatoona Pass was very strong, would be hard to forceson an order from General Johnston, dated at Allatoona, which showed that he had detected my purposiefly designed to compel Johnston to give up Allatoona. On the 25th all the columns were moving dental intersection of the road leading from Allatoona to Dallas with that from Van Wert to Mariettle, and to make a lodgment on the Dallas and Allatoona road if possible, but the morning revealed ad's and Stoneman's divisions of cavalry into Allatoona, the first around by the west end of the pasand moved to the railroad, occupying it from Allatoona and Acworth forward to Big Shanty, in sight rong positions of Dalton, Resaca, Cassville, Allatoona, and Dallas; had advanced our lines in stronnd our occupation of the natural fortress of Allatoona, terminated the month of May, and the first [4 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, Chapter 16: Atlanta campaign-battles about Kenesaw Mountain. June, 1864. (search)
hurch, about five miles north of Dallas. General Stoneman's division of cavalry had occupied Allatoona, on the railroad, and General Garrard's division was at the western end of the pass, about Stithe railroad, so as to bring supplies forward to Allatoona Station. On the 6th I rode back to Allatoona, seven miles, found it all that was expected, and gave orders for its fortification and preparp from Cairo by way of Clifton, on the Tennessee lniver, and had followed our general route to Allatoona, where he had left a garrison of about fifteen hundred men. His effective strength, as reported to bring forward supplies enough to fill our wagons, intending to strip the railroad back to Allatoona, and leave that place as our depot, to be covered as well as possible by Garrard's cavalry. Gal Thomas is well intrenched on a line parallel with the enemy south of Kenesaw. I think that Allatoona and the line of the Etowah are strong enough for me to venture on this move. The movement is
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 19 (search)
been more decisive. But we were already so far from home, and would be compelled to accept battle whenever offered, with the Chattahoochee to our rear, that it became imperative for me to take all prudential measures the case admitted of, and I therefore determined to pass the river above the railroad-bridge — McPherson on the left, Schofield in the centre, and Thomas on the right. On the 13th I reported to General Halleck as follows: All is well. I have now accumulated stores at Allatoona and Marietta, both fortified and garrisoned points. Have also three places at which to cross the Chattahoochee in our possession, and only await General Stoneman's return from a trip down the river, to cross the army in force and move on Atlanta. Stoneman is now out two days, and hod orders to be back on the fourth or fifth day at furthest. From the 10th to the 15th we were all busy in strengthening the several points for the proposed passage of the Chattahoochee, in increasing the
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 20 (search)
ly reached our railroad at Tilton Station, above Resaca, captured a drove of one thousand of our beef-cattle, and was strong enough to appear before Dalton, and demand of its commander, Colonel Raum, the surrender of the place. General John E. Smith, who was at Kingston, collected together a couple of thousand men, and proceeded in cars to the relief of Dalton, when Wheeler retreated northward toward Cleveland. On the 16th another detachment of the enemy's cavalry appeared in force about Allatoona and the Etowah bridge, when I became fully convinced that Hood had sent all of his cavalry to raid upon our railroads. For some days our communication with Nashville was interrupted by the destruction of the telegraph-lines, as well as railroad. I at once ordered strong reconnoissances forward from our flanks on the left by Garrard, and on the right by Kilpatrick. The former moved with so much caution that I was displeased; but Kilpatrick, on the contrary, displayed so much zeal and act
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 21 (search)
of the railroad, over-looking the village of Allatoona, and the warehouses, in which were stored ov could plainly see the smoke of battle about Allatoona, and hear the faint reverberation of the can at Dallas and the detachment then assailing Allatoona. The rest of the army was directed straight for Allatoona, northwest, distant eighteen miles. The signal-officer on Kenesaw reported that sinc failed to obtain any answer to his call for Allatoona; but, while I was with him, he caught a fainlinois Infantry; started at 8 P. M., reached Allatoona (distant thirty-five miles) at 1 A. M. of th4. Commanding Officer, United States Forces, Allatoona: I have placed the forces under my commanarters Fourth division, Fifteenth Corps, Allatoona, Georgia, 8.30 A. M., October 5, 1864. Major-Gene for their determined and gallant defense of Allatoona, and it is made an example to illustrate theould venture to attack fortified places like Allatoona, Resaca, Decatur, and Nashville; but he did [18 more...]
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, chapter 23 (search)
Thomas should penetrate Alabama as far as possible, to keep employed at least a part of Hood's army; or, what would accomplish the same thing, Thomas might reoccupy the railroad from Chattanooga forward to the Etowah, viz., Rome, Kingston, and Allatoona, thereby threatening Georgia. I know that the Georgia troops are disaffected. At Savannah I met delegates from several counties of the southwest, who manifested a decidedly hostile spirit to the Confederate cause. I nursed the feeling as far earth to catch me, for success to this column is fatal to his dream of empire. Richmond is not more vital to his cause than Columbia and the heart of South Carolina. If Thomas will not move on Selma, order him to occupy Rome, Kingston, and Allatoona, and again threaten Georgia in the direction of Athens. I think the poor white trash of the South are falling out of their ranks by sickness, desertion, and every available means; but there is alarge class of vindictive Southerners who will
William Tecumseh Sherman, Memoirs of General William T. Sherman ., volume 2, Chapter 24: conclusion — military lessons of the War. (search)
d, the view was cut off by intervening trees, or by mists and fogs. There was one notable instance in my experience, when the signal-flags carried a message of vital importance over the heads of Hood's army, which had interposed between me and Allatoona, and had broken the telegraph-wires — as recorded in Chapter XIX.; but the value of the magnetic telegraph in war cannot be exaggerated, as was illustrated by the perfect concert of action between the armies in Virginia and Georgia during 1864.sually be reached only by a dash of the enemy's cavalry, and many of these block-houses successfully resisted serious attacks by both cavalry and artillery. The only block-house that was actually captured on the main was the one described near Allatoona. Our trains from Nashville forward were operated under military rules, and ran about ten miles an hour in gangs of four trains of ten cars each. Four such groups of trains daily made one hundred and sixty cars, of ten tons each, carrying si