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Chapter 11

  • Skirmishing at Resaca along our whole lines.
  • -- the enemy cross the Oostenaula. -- our army put in position to meet this movement. -- causes of leaving Dalton. -- the dispositions there of the Confederate army. -- the army at Cassville. -- the position a strong one. -- in line of battle. -- Generals Hood and Polk urge abandonment of positions, stating their inability to hold their ground. -- General Hardee remonstrates. -- position abandoned, and army crosses the Etowah. -- losses up to date. -- affairs near New Hope Church. -- manoeuvring of Federal troops. -- Kenesaw. -- General assault. -- battle of Kenesaw. -- army crosses the Chattahoochee. -- visit of General Brown. -- relieved from command of the army of Tennessee. -- explain my plans to General Hood. -- review of the campaign. -- grounds of my removal. -- discussion of them. -- General Cobb's defense of Macon.


On the 5th, the Confederate troops were formed to receive the enemy: Stewart's and Bate's divisions, in Mill-Creek Gap, in which they had constructed some slight defensive works — the former on the right of the stream, Cheatham's on Stewart's right, occupying about a mile of the crest of the mountain; Walker's in reserve; Stevenson's across Crow Valley, its left joining Cheatham's right, on the crest of the mountain; Hindman's, on the right of Stevenson's; and Cleburne's immediately in front of Dalton, and behind Mill Creek, facing toward Cleveland.

On the same day the Federal army was formed in order of battle, three miles in front of Tunnel Hill, and in that position skirmished with our advanced guard until dark. It was employed all of the next in selecting and occupying a position just beyond the

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