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ile Hooker's bears south-west of Dalton, and McPherson, with a large army, is aiming at Resacca, intion of his force to confront and drive back McPherson. Others believe that the quiet was owing totowards Rocky Face, protect Palmer's right. McPherson with Logan's Fifteenth army corps, and Dodgerder: Schofield, Howard, Palmer, Hooker, and McPherson, the latter holding the extreme right. Ateral Dodge thought best to do so, or had General McPherson deemed it prudent, we might then have oc some stragglers, was in or around Resacca. McPherson immediately started in pursuit. Ere this, hlast letter gave an account of operations in McPherson's command on the right, up to saturday nightwn directly upon or near the house where General McPherson and General Dodge and staff were stoppiny. On Friday morning Rome was occupied by McPherson, who came upon the place suddenly, and prevee no particulars of what was accomplished by McPherson's command, but I learn that the Fifteenth co[27 more...]
Thursday and Friday, May 5 and 6. The army, or at least the Fourth, Fourteenth, and Twenty-third corps, which had arrived at advanced positions, remained in its position of Wednesday, awaiting the arrival of General Hooker's and General McPherson's corps, who marched around to our right, preparatory to a flank movement upon the enemy's left, for the purpose of turning it. General Sherman arrived at the front to-day, and in company with other general officers, rode along the lines, minutely inspecting the country, and familiarizing himself with the position of his command. This morning at an early hour, a small force advanced upon the enemy, who, in small force, held Bald Knob, a small hill about a mile south of Catoosa Platform, and drove them from it without the loss of a man on either side. This morning Morgan's brigade of Davis' division were on picket, when a squad of rebels, mounted, came up within three hundred yards of our pickets, and called out, Will you exchange co
so stubbornly on the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh of February. Brigadier-General Wood's skirmishers were engaged during the day on the left of Stanley extending to the base of Rocky Face. The day has not brought on a regular engagement, though it has witnessed the repulse of a gallant charge made by two brigades of Geary's division of Hooker's corps. As I have already said, Schofield's corps is working east of the rebel positions, while Hooker's bears south-west of Dalton, and McPherson, with a large army, is aiming at Resacca, in the rear of the rebel works at Dalton. Geary's division is in front of Dug Gap, in John's Mountain, which is a precipitous elevavation four and a half miles south-west of Dalton, covered with forests, some undergrowth, and loose with tumbling boulders. About three o'clock this afternoon Colonel Buschbeck's and Colonel Candy's brigades, the first consisting of the One Hundred and Nineteenth, One Hundred and Thirty-fourth, One Hundred and Fif
ions on the left of Dalton. Brisk firing was heard in the direction of his position, and I learn to-night that he holds, like the centre and right wings of the army, every foot gained during the day. A despatch was received at noon from General McPherson, who had occupied Snake Gap, near Resacca, in Chattanooga Mountains, with his force, on Sunday night, which was within six miles of Resacca at that time. The General is directly on the enemy's flank, and it is very strange that he was permpy so vital a defile without great opposition. His present position is about thirty miles in the rear of Dalton, and in all probability the enemy, in finding his flanks and rear exposed, will fall back from the gap in front of Dalton, and give McPherson battle, or retreat hastily without offering fight. The loss of Newton's division (chiefly in Harker's brigade) on Rocky Face Ridge, was, up to last evening, one field and one line officer and fifteen men killed, and three line officers and t
ly went out under a brisk sharpshooters' fire, and pointed out the position to be taken, and the point upon which to direct their fire. These batteries did excellent work, and spread terror in the enemy's lines, the men comprising which could be distinctly seen, at each discharge of our guns, running in all directions. The very faint responses to our fire to-day is unaccountable. Some are of the opinion that the enemy is retiring a large portion of his force to confront and drive back McPherson. Others believe that the quiet was owing to the dispirited condition of the army over news from the Rapidan and Richmond. That the enemy cannot spare many troops from the front is evident, inasmuch as they have but two corps in our front. The Twenty-third corps, which had been developing the enemy on the left of Rocky Face, this morning met the enemy in very heavy force, and retired to his position of yesterday, about one mile in the rear, where he held the enemy in check. Yesterda
a sudden, stealthy life was infused into the hitherto recumbent troops. Hooker moves his corps to the right, and being near at hand, reports before daylight to McPherson. Schofield comes drifting in the same direction from his fruitless position east of Rocky Face. Other corps follow; perhaps, when daylight comes, the enemy wilify him. In company with General Thomas he has just moved to the right — the current that way being strong enough to carry along the heads of the army. One of McPherson's couriers has just dropped the intelligence that Kilpatrick, under orders from McPherson, cut the enemy's rear last night, a few miles south of Resacca. We areMcPherson, cut the enemy's rear last night, a few miles south of Resacca. We are evidently moving to cut off their supplies, and so compel them to come out and attack us or beat a precipitate retreat. The army will be closed up to-night, and to-morrow will make history. If Johnston retreats he must not be long in doing it; and with the railroad in his rear severed, he must probably lose or destroy some of hi
n at Dalton, so it was to be at the Etowah. McPherson, Sherman's right-hand man, was to take the rhe enemy's cavalry well through the Gap; General McPherson reached Snake Creek Gap on the eighth, cas a demonstration, and worked well, for General McPherson was thereby enabled to march within a miI pressed against Resaca at all points. General McPherson got across Camp creek near its mouth, an General Garrard's cavalry operated with General McPherson, and General Stoneman with General Schofleft; and on the first of July I ordered General McPherson to be relieved by General Garrard's cavain. General Garrard's cavalry acted with General McPherson, and Generals Stoneman and McCook watcheenches, abatis, and chevaux de frise. General McPherson, who had advanced from Decatur, continueose by, known as the Howard house, where General McPherson joined me. He described the condition ofn which a nation can build a proud history. McPherson, Harker, McCook, and others, dear to us all,[64 more...]
the armies of the Cumberland, Tennessee, and Ohio, commanded respectively by Generals Thomas, McPherson and Schofield, upon Johnston's army at Dalton; but finding the enemy's positions at Buzzard Roost, covering Dalton, too strong to be assaulted, General McPherson was sent through Snake G(ap to turn it, while Generals Thomas and Schofield threatened it in front and on the north. This movementrred at this point. The most important was on the twenty-eighth, when the enemy assaulted General McPherson at Dallas, but received a terrible and bloody repulse. On the fourth of June Johnston aplaces, and concentrate his army on Kenesaw, where, on the twenty-seventh, Generals Thomas and McPherson made a determined but unsuccessful assault. On the night of the second of July Sherman commen twenty-second of July. About one P. M. of this day the brave, accomplished and noble-hearted McPherson was killed. General Logan succeeded him, and commanded the Army of the Tennessee through this