which fell upon the brigades of Pettus
at the angle on Rocky Face
, on Stovall
's and Baker
's on the ridge, and on Bate
in the gap, but the gallant Confederates held their ground with firmness, and the enemy suffered severely.
The fight, said Sherman
, ‘attained the dimensions of a battle.’
The Federals repeatedly charged and were as often repulsed.
's army reached Snake Creek gap, and his cavalry advance encountered some Confederate forces, including Grigsby
's Kentucky cavalry and the cadets of the Georgia
military institute, supported by Cantey
The cadets made reputation in this fight, which was among the earliest of their engagements, and did in fact delay McPherson
materially, though driven back into the works at Resaca
After skirmishing until nearly dark, and finding that he could not succeed in cutting the railroad that afternoon, Mc-Pherson decided to withdraw the command and take up a position for the night between Sugar valley
and the entrance to the gap.
had sent Hood
, with Hindman
, to Resaca
, but learning of McPherson
's retreat, withdrew Cleburne
, midway, and being advised that General Polk
had arrived at Resaca
's division, army of the Mississippi, he calmly maintained his position at Dalton
During the 11th and 12th he annoyed the enemy with tentative movements, one of these being a reconnoissance around the north end of the mountain by General Wheeler
, in which that officer defeated Stoneman
's cavalry and caused the enemy considerable loss in men and wagons.
On the 14th of May, Sherman
found the Confederate army in a strong position behind Camp Creek
, occupying the forts at Resaca
with its right on some high chestnut hills, to the north of the town.
Thus ended the first stage of the campaign which changed the Confederate
front from the mountains before Chattanooga
on the Oostenaula river.