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consequence of the merciless treatment they received while prisoners from their enemies; and the physicians in charge of them, the men best fitted by their profession and experience to express an opinion upon the subject, all say that they have no doubt that the statements of their patients are entirely correct. It will be observed from the testimony, that all.the witnesses who testify upon that point state that the treatment they received while confined at Columbia, South-Carolina, Dalton, Georgia, and other places, was far more humane than that they received at Richmond, where the authorities of the so-called Confederacy were congregated, and where the power existed, had the inclination not been wanting, to reform those abuses and secure to the prisoners they held some treatment that would bear a public comparison to that accorded by our authorities to the prisoners in our custody. Your Committee, therefore, are constrained to say that they can hardly avoid the conclusion, expr
ting a junction between the two armies of Burnside and Rosecrans, as had been previously ordered. As the country between Dalton and the Little Tennessee was still open to the enemy, General Burnside was cautioned to move down by the north bank of thmountains. A cavalry force is moving toward Athens to connect with you. After holding the mountain passes to the west of Dalton, or some other point on the railroad, to prevent the return of Bragg's army, it will be decided whether your army shall mnt access from Virginia, and connect with General Rosecrans, at least with your cavalry. General Rosecrans will occupy Dalton, or some point on the railroad, to close all access from Atlanta, and also the mountain passes on the west. This being dmy from a position apparently impregnable. Moreover, by turning his right flank, and throwing him back upon Ringgold and Dalton, Sherman's forces were interposed between Bragg and Longstreet, so as to prevent any possibility of their forming a junct
force on to the railroad between Cleveland and Dalton. Hooker will at the same time attack, and, if through to the railroad between Cleveland and Dalton, and Longstreet thus cut off from communicatioan to Red Clay to destroy the railroad between Dalton and Cleveland, and thus cut off Bragg's communother good break was made in the Cleveland and Dalton road. On the thirtieth, the army moved to Charoad for five or six miles in the direction of Dalton, and then returned to Chattanooga. On the tn's flank, with authority to attack or move on Dalton should the enemy move up the Dalton and ClevelDalton and Cleveland road. In retreating, the enemy had halted a portion of his force at Tunnel Hill, midway between Ringgold and Dalton, and, as he evinced no disposition to molest Sherman, my command rested at Ringce to break the railroad between Knoxville and Dalton, the Chickamauga also required bridging at its the Chickamauga to-night, and then proceed to Dalton. I write under the greatest possible disadvan[1 more...]
his supposed thirst for Yankee blood is in some degree sated. Anon we learn that his whole force, except a few remaining to scare our pickets, is en route for Virginia, or crossing the river to join Bragg, who, being whipped, is falling back on Dalton. Whatever portion, if any, of these rumors may prove to be true, it is certain that the camps of a division, at least, are visible with a glass from the cupola of the college, situated on our left, other camps on our right, and a certain big gunhe Ohio a name second to none. By holding in check a powerful body of the enemy, they have seriously weakened the rebel army under Bragg, which has been completely defeated by General Grant, and, at the latest accounts, was in full retreat for Dalton, closely pursued by him, with the loss of six thousand prisoners, fifty-two pieces of artillery, and twelve stands of colors. For this great and practical result, toward which the army of the Ohio has done so much, the Commanding General congr
d in every direction. Several of the enemy, number not known, were killed and wounded. One hundred and twenty-one prisoners were captured, including five commissioned officers. The main rebel column fled, and were pursued five miles on the Dalton road, and, when last seen, were flying precipitately. Colonel Long's loss was one man slightly wounded. The officer in command of the courier station at Cleveland, also reports that he was attacked early this morning, December twenty-eighth, r work. But a moment is required to prepare for an onset; sabres were drawn, and the soldiers stood waiting for the command; it was given, and in a moment, without even making a show of resistance, the rebels broke and ran, pell-mell, down the Dalton road, up every trail, and over hills so steep that hoof had never before trodden them. Many jumped from their animals and sought safety among the rocks; others, in dismay, leaped fences, while yet more surrendered themselves prisoners of war.
couts and deserters, placed Johnston's army at Dalton and vicinity, occupying the same position he hay, and then push on as far as possible toward Dalton on the Spring Place road, observing well the mrufts, on the road leading from Lee's house to Dalton, with instructions to move, in conjunction wituth of Buzzard's Roost, and nearly opposite to Dalton, his instructions being to hold it as long as our part, he had been obliged to order back to Dalton the reenforcements he had sent to relieve Polkhe gap. Being convinced that the rebel army at Dalton largely outnumbered the strength of the four dg, February twenty-fourth, in the direction of Dalton via Varnell's Station. I left my encampment aock P. M., when I moved my command back on the Dalton and Varnell's Station road, about three miles . Gladden's statement. Who says he left Dalton on Saturday last. He states that the rebel los stating freely if they were driven away from Dalton, large numbers of them would throw down their [12 more...]
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore), Doc. 95.-reconnoissance to Dalton, Ga. (search)
Doc. 95.-reconnoissance to Dalton, Ga. A national account. three miles beyond Ringgold, Gcept a direct movement from Chattanooga toward Dalton, menacing the enemy at the latter place. Buhad already so seriously weakened his force at Dalton, that he could offer no effectual resistance tould have no objection to taking possession of Dalton itself, and continuing to hold it or not, as md instant were, first, to prevent the enemy at Dalton from sending reenforcements to Longstreet; secshop Polk; third, to ascertain his strength at Dalton, and if he had already been seriously weakenedolonel Long penetrated to within four miles of Dalton. Another sunny, warm, pleasant, smoky mornie force passed along the Cleveland road toward Dalton, the enemy opposing them only by feeble skirmiy a somewhat stronger force. The passage into Dalton along this valley, would evidently be accompliuld be very glad to have Joe Johnston evacuate Dalton, he cannot but feel somewhat proud of this tri[8 more...]
e more immediately under the eye of their commander, more readily concentrated, more prompt in reaching the points of attack, lose fewer in battle, and in retreat (orderly retreat I mean) are absolutely unapproachable by their cumbersome foe. These facts are of themselves sufficient to account for the many victories which inferior numbers have gained over superior. Let us suppose that Grant commands a hundred thousand men, and Johnston but fifty thousand. There are twenty positions between Dalton and Atlanta which Johnston may occupy, with the certainty of whipping Grant, if his men will fight bravely. (It is to be hoped he has examined all these positions.) Should he be driven from one of these positions after hard fighting, his losses, compared with those of the enemy, will be about as one to five. And so of all the other positions. But there is one view of the subject which should quiet all fears of the soldier on the score of numbers, and it is this: that it is absolutely impo
Doc. 140.-operations around Dalton, Ga. Colonel Grose's report. headquarters Third brigade, First diken by this brigade in the recent seven days before Dalton. I was ordered by the Division Commander, and macommanding the division, to move on the road toward Dalton, and, if possible, find the enemy. I advanced threion. I was here directed to move south-east toward Dalton, crossing the ridge three miles north of the place tter, along the road to Neil's farm, six miles from Dalton. At this point I made a junction with Colonel LongI found him. Neils farm is six miles north-west of Dalton, and three miles north of the Chattanooga and Daltorailroad, at a point three miles north of west from Dalton, and at a point one and a half miles east of the gosition of forces during the reconnaissance near Dalton, Georgia. February, 1864. advanced, Colonel Long takingay before. With ten thousand more men on our left, Dalton, no doubt, would have fallen an easy prey to our ar