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.’
was ordered there in haste, and arrived about sunset with Lowrey
's and Granbury
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
intrenched, and during the 14th of May repulsed the repeated assaults of the enemy.
On the night of the 15th Johnston
and crossed the Oostenaula
, and next morning Cleburne
met a flanking force of the enemy near Calhoun
, and Polk
were briskly engaged.
The division was next in line of battle at Adairsville
, 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.
, sent to Govan
's right, received the assault which followed, known as the battle