been driven from it by a regiment of Federal mounted infantry, and without resistance.
” brigade, the foremost of the returning troops of Hardee
's corps, had just arrived at the railroad-station and was leaving the train.
He was directed to march by the Villanow
road, which passes through the Dug Gap
, to the foot of the mountain, to bivouac there, and at dawn next morning to recover the position.
That gallant officer executed these instructions with the intelligent courage he always exhibited in presence of the enemy.
The appearance of a part of his brigade on the crest of the mountain, at a point commanding the Gap
, and that of another in front at the same time, dislodged the Federal
troops before sunrise, and they abandoned the ground with a precipitation that amused the Texans
It was ascertained soon after that the Federal
army had retired during the night.
In his report of these operations, dated March 10, 1864, General Thomas
wrote: “Being convinced that the rebel army at Dalton
largely outnumbered the strength of the four divisions I had opposed to it, and the movement against Johnston
being a complete success, inasmuch as it caused the recalling of the reinforcements sent to oppose General Sherman
's expedition against Meridian
, I concluded to withdraw my troops to the position they occupied before the reconnaissance.”
When writing this passage the general had forgotten, apparently, a previous one, in which he stated that this expedition was made by General Grant
's order, and for the purpose of occupying Dalton
, “and as far south of that as ”