Battle of Dug Gap
Many of them gained the crest, but were met by a tremendous fire..."
— Atlanta Campaign Heritage Trail —
“May 8 was on a Sunday...It was a morning to make man remember the goodness of his maker, and turn his heart with loving kindness to his fellow-man,” wrote Union Private Charles W. McKay, 154th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Yet at 3:00 pm two brigades of General Geary's division attacked. Artillery kept up a steady fire upon the ridge, where Confederates were posted thickly across it. General Geary wrote, The attack was a most gallant one, officers and men rushing through the few narrow apertures or clambering the precipice. Many of them gained the crest, but were met by a tremendous fire...and were shot down or compelled to jump back for their lives.
On the Confederate side, two brigades of Major General Patrick R. Cleburne's division were rushed to the gap after heavy firing began. They dropped their packs and began the ascent. Yet the best they could manage, wrote Captain Sebron G. Sneed of the 6th Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment, was “the speed of a slow dog trot.” At the crest, Confederate Lieutenant General William J. Hardee, who arrived earlier, ran into the road swinging his cap and calling “Here are my fighting Texans!” There was brief hand-to-hand combat, and the use of stones as well as bullets proved deadly. Ultimately, two assaults on the crest
Federal casualties at Dug
Gap were 357. Confederate
losses were only 58. General
Geary broke off this
diversionary attack after
being informed the main Federal
movement toward Snake Creek Gap
was successful. Private McKay and
Sergeant Stephen Welch began to
withdraw with their regiment. Yet
when a wounded Federal color bearer
was seen lying near the Confederate
palisades they reached him under
heavy fire and carried him off the
field. The color bearer subsequently
died but both rescuers later received
the Medal of Honor.
Erected 2019 by Georgia Civil War Heritage Trails, Inc. (Marker Number 12.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1864.
Location. 34° 44.553′ N, 85° 0.919′ W. Marker is near Dalton, Georgia, in Whitfield County. Marker is on Dug Gap Battle Road, 0.6 miles south of Battlefield Park Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton GA 30720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dug Gap (a few steps from this marker); Ascent to Dug Gap (approx. one mile away); a different
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 673 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.