Tag Archives: Dalton

Scenes from Rocky Face Ridge

I had the remarkable opportunity today to visit the crest of Rocky Face Ridge just outside Dalton, Georgia. My visit came as part of a video swing by the American Battlefield Trust with Garry Adelman and Kris White, and our … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Relocating A Statue

The following original press release was dated February 6, 2021, from Dalton, Georgia. It offers details about a solution found for moving and preserving a Civil War statue in a way agreeable to many in that local community. On July … Continue reading

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A very private war: Rocky Face Ridge, May 8 to 11, 1864

On the morning of May 8. 1864, Colonel Emerson Opdycke’s 125th Ohio infantry drew an unenviable assignment. One of the regiments comprising the Third Brigade, Second Division, of O. O. Howard’s Fourth Corps in the Army of the Cumberland, the … Continue reading

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We’re Still Arguing about General Hood

No, I’m not talking about Gen. John Bell Hood’s decision to launch that tragic frontal assault at Franklin, or to entrench before Thomas’ army at Nashville, inviting disaster. I’m talking about Hood’s right leg. Go to Tunnel Hill, Georgia (north … Continue reading

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Across Georgia to Atlanta

Last October, I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a weekend with Steve Davis in Atlanta. We traveled and tramped about Georgia, getting pictures for his upcoming books in the Emerging Civil War Series. We started at Tunnel Hill and … Continue reading

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“The Great Winter Battles” of the Army of Tennessee

Yesterday, Kris White wrote about some of the great winter battles of the Army of Northern Virginia. That called to mind an account from Sam Watkins of the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which wintered in Dalton, Georgia “during the cold, … Continue reading

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The Battle of Ship’s Gap

October of 1864 was a busy month for the North Georgia community my family lived in and where I continue to live 150 years later. The little crossroads of Villanow saw the most men it had ever seen before in … Continue reading

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The Army of Tennessee and Dalton Redux, 150 years later

150 years ago on October 13, John Bell Hood’s campaign through North Georgia reached the edge of Dalton, a town the army knew very well from their stay there the previous winter. The Dalton they found little resembled what they … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: New Civil War Parks Around Dalton, Georgia

Although the 150th Anniversary of the fighting that opened the Atlanta Campaign has been quiet compared to the Overland Campaign, several things have occurred, the best being the opening of two small “battle” parks around Dalton, Georgia.

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Small but Savage: Dug Gap

As Sherman engaged Joe Johnston’s Confederates around Dalton to hold them in place, Gen. James McPherson moved his Army of the Tennessee towards Snake Creek Gap, a passage to his rear. General John Geary’s White Star Division of the XX … Continue reading

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