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[366] Atlanta early in May by attacking Johnston's position behind Rocky Face ridge. On the 8th General Geary, with two brigades and a battery, assaulted Dug gap, which, said Johnston, ‘was bravely held by two regiments of Reynolds' Arkansas brigade.’ General Cleburne was ordered there in haste, and arrived about sunset with Lowrey's and Granbury's brigades. He found the First and Second rifles, under Colonel Williamson, and Grigsby's Kentuckians, holding the position, having gallantly repulsed every assault. To save their ammunition, they had rolled down great stones as missiles from the mountainside. On the 10th Cleburne moved toward Resaca, leaving Williamson at the gap he had so successfully defended, and after a counter-march he was ordered again to Resaca. Snake Creek gap, a passageway to Resaca and the rear of the army, had through some neglect been left open, and was promptly occupied by McPherson, who, if he had been bold, said Cleburne, might have wrought a complete Confederate defeat. Going into line of battle at Resaca, Cleburne intrenched, and during the 14th of May repulsed the repeated assaults of the enemy. On the night of the 15th Johnston evacuated Resaca and crossed the Oostenaula, and next morning Cleburne met a flanking force of the enemy near Calhoun, and Polk and Govan were briskly engaged. The division was next in line of battle at Adairsville and Cassville, but not engaged. It crossed the Etowah river May 20th, and marched to Powder Springs. It was marching to the front during the night battle at New Hope church, but was unable to get through the crowded roads.

On the afternoon of May 26th the division went into position and intrenched on the extreme right (north) of the army, forming a line retiring eastward from the main line on Pumpkin Vine creek. On the afternoon of the 27th, Govan reported the enemy pushing against Johnston's right flank. Granbury, sent to Govan's right, received the assault which followed, known as the battle

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