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[309] east, made a dash around the Federal left, and on the 24th drove the guard from a large supply train near Cassville, capturing 200 wagons, all of which he burned except 70 loaded wagons and teams, which he brought off with 300 equipped horses and mules, and 182 prisoners. In the meantime Gen. W. H. Jackson, commanding the cavalry on the other wing, observed that the Federal troops were still moving to their right, and were crossing the Etowah near Stilesboro. Information from Wheeler and Jackson given Johnston near the pass of Allatoona, satisfied him that Sherman was making a detour toward Dallas, and he promptly took advantage of two strong lines extending thence toward Dallas, and facing nearly northwest. One of these lines capable of defense was on Allatoona creek, the front line on Pumpkin Vine creek, running southwest from the vicinity of Allatoona.

The Federal forces crossed the, Etowah at Rome and other points between there and Stilesboro, and, to meet this movement, Johnston on the 23d sent Hardee's corps toward Dallas, Polk moving in the same direction on the left, and on the next day Hood followed Hardee. Hood's corps was placed with its center at New Hope church, Polk and Hardee between that corps and the highway to Atlanta from Dallas, which Hardee's left was to cover. On the 25th the enemy approached through Dallas and along Pumpkin Vine creek, skirmishing with the Confederate advance guard, and spread out northeastward in a line parallel to that of Johnston. The two armies were now farther from the railroad than at any other period of the campaign.

Hooker pushed across Pumpkin Vine creek toward New Hope church, and was met by Col. Bush Jones with his Alabama regiment and sharpshooters, of Stewart's division, in all 300 men, who for some time made a resolute resistance. But Hooker crowded them back, and an hour and a half before sunset the Federal cannon opened opposite Hood's center. Shortly after, in the midst of a terrific

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