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It was quite a feat to communicate backward and forward sixteen miles by signal over the enemy's heads.

Even General Hood said: “General Corse won my admiration by his gallant resistance.”

General Corse's command belonging to my army, I issued the following order:

General field orders no. 18.

Headquarters Department and Army of the Tennessee, near Kenesaw Mountain, October 9, 1864.
While uniting in high commendation awarded by the General in Chief, the Army of the Tennessee would tender through me its hearty appreciation and thanks to Brigadier General John M. Corse for his prbmptitude, energy, and eminent success in the defense of Allatoona Pass against a force so largely superior to his own, and our warmest congratulations are extended to him, to Colonel Tourtelotte, and the rest of our comrades in arms who fought at Allatoona, for the glorious manner in which they vetoed “the useless effusion of blood.”

O. O. Howard, Major-aeneral.

As soon as the news of the failure of the Confederates to take Allatoona, and also the prevention of Armstrong's cavalry from destroying the bridge across the Etowah, was brought to Hood, then near Lost Mountain, he continued his march daily northward. He crossed the Coosa River near the hamlet of Coosaville, and then marched up the western bank of the Oostenaula. He went above Resaca, and quite completely destroyed the railroad all the way along above Resaca toward Chattanooga as far as our first battleground, “Tunnel Hill.” He captured our posts at Dalton and Buzzard Roost, securing at least 1,000 prisoners.

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