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Mill Creek in Whitfield County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Battle of Dug Gap

 
 
Battle of Dug Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, June 30, 2008
1. Battle of Dug Gap Marker
Inscription.  May 8, 1864. Maj. Gen. J.W. Geary, with Buschbeck`s & Candy`s brigades of the 2d div., 20th A.C., moving from near Gordon`s Springs, reached this, the Babb Settlement, at 3 p.m.

Planting McGill`s Penna. Battery (3 inch Rodman guns) near Joel Babb`s house, the Confederate position at Dug Gap in rocky Face Ridge was shelled. This was followed by a concerted assault up the steep scarp by Buschbeck`s brigade on the right, Candy`s on the left.

Repeated attempts by the Federals to seize the gap ended in failure, but under cover of this engagement, McPherson`s troops occupied Snake Creek Gap, 6 mi. S.W.
 
Erected 1954 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 155-10.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 8, 1864.
 
Location. 34° 44.196′ N, 85° 2.478′ W. Marker is in Mill Creek, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Creek Road and Babb Road, on the
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right when traveling north on Mill Creek Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dalton GA 30720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Babb's Settlement (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Battle of Dug Gap (approx. 1˝ miles away); Dug Gap (approx. 1˝ miles away); Ascent to Dug Gap (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Dug Gap (approx. 2.6 miles away); Johnny Marcus Memorial Loop (approx. 3.3 miles away); Twentieth Corps in Dogwood Valley (approx. 3.6 miles away); "Callaway Place" - 1814. (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mill Creek.
 
Additional commentary.
1. "Rodman Gun"
The marker text erroneously cites McGill's battery as armed with "3-inch Rodman Guns." The guns are more accurately called 3-inch Ordnance Rifles. Army officer Thomas Rodman had designed a series of very large seacoast guns, but not the 3-inch field gun mentioned here.
    — Submitted September 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Battle of Dug Gap and Babb's Settlement Markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, June 30, 2008
2. Battle of Dug Gap and Babb's Settlement Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,888 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 31, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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