range of the field-pieces of the Confederate
advanced-guard, on which it halted for the night.
In the evening, a telegram from Lieutenant-General Polk
informed me that he had been ordered to join the Army of Tennessee with all his infantry.
At daybreak on the 7th, the Federal
army moved forward, annoyed and delayed in its advance by dismounted Confederate cavalry, firing upon it from the cover of successive lines of very slight intrenchments, prepared the day before.
Its progress was so slow, that the Confederates
were not driven from Tunnel Hill
until eleven o'clock A. Mr.
, nor to Mill-Creek Gap until three P. m
. In the afternoon the Federal
army placed itself in front of the Confederate
line, its right a little south of Mill-Creek Gap, and its left near the Cleveland
In the evening, intelligence was received of the arrival of Canty
's brigade at Resaca
It was ordered to halt there, to defend that important position.
On the 8th, the cavalry, which had been driven through Mill-Creek Gap the day before, was divided; Grigsby
) brigade going to the foot of the mountain, near Dug Gap, and the remainder to the ground then occupied by Kelly
's troops, in front of our right.
About four o'clock P. M., a division of Hooker
's corps, said to be Geary
's, assailed our outpost in Dug Gap-two very small regiments of Reynolds
's Arkansas brigade, commanded then by Colonel Williamson
They held their ground bravely, and were soon joined by Grigsby
's Kentuckians, who, leaving their horses, hastened up the mountain-side, on foot, to their aid. As soon as the musketry was so increased