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[117] two of them could be used. These two were hitched to the forge, and the six horses placed in front. One of the canoneers was asked to drive, but replied that he ‘knew nothing about mules.’ Not having leisure just then to attend to the question of military discipline raised by this reply, Lieutenant Ritter told the man to take his horse and ride, and that he himself, though no expert in the art, would drive the mules.

The infantry rear-guard was at this time passing by, and told Ritter that he had better abandon his forge; that the enemy was coming up, and he would certainly be captured, as he would be between the lines. Being bent on succeeding in the task he had assigned himself, he mounted his team, and by a little perseverance, all difficulties were overcome.

Ringgold was reached on the night of the 25th, and the next day at 5 P. M., the battery encamped near Dalton.

General Bragg was here superseded in the command of the army by General Joseph E. Johnston.


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