and ‘compelled the enemy to recoil in the zenith of his audacious charge.’
So the fight raged for two hours and a half.
At noon General Hardee
sent word that the train was safe, and after consultation with Generals Breckinridge
, who were present, Cleburne
withdrew from the ridge, hauled back his cannon by hand, and undisturbed except by the Federal artillery, just arrived, took up a position a mile to the rear.
had 4,157 men in this fight, and lost 20 killed, 900 wounded and 11 missing. Among the killed and wounded were some gallant regimental officers.
Of the Federal
losses no official report is available for Osterhaus
' division, but it is stated that the Seventy-sixth Ohio suffered a loss of forty per cent. of the men engaged.
reported that he had 1,870 men engaged and lost 34 killed and 169 wounded. Grant
reported that the loss was heavy in valuable officers and men. General Grant
was at Ringgold
at the close of the fight and ordered Sherman
to send a brigade down east of the ridge to flank Cleburne
, buts changed his mind a half hour later, decided not to pursue further, and directed Thomas
to send Granger
to relieve Knoxville
A rumor was afloat that Longstreet
would make a junction with Bragg
the next day.
's brigade advancing to reconnoiter, the Confederate
position found a line strongly posted at Tunnel Hill
, which remained the northern outpost of the army of Tennessee during the winter.
Heavy rains set in and the roads were rendered impassable.
So far, the fighting in north Georgia
had been confined within the territory enclosed by the Oostenaula and Coosa rivers
Outside of those boundaries, the district of Northwest Georgia
was in command of Maj.-Gen. Howell Cobb
As commander of the State Guard he had suffered much embarrassment on account of lack of staff officers, and up to November 1st he had had 5,000 men