May 7, 1864. The 4th A.C., marching from Catoosa Springs, moved S. on the road to tunnel Hill – Stanley’s div. in advance, followed by Wood & Newton; Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard, commanding.
The march was opposed by outposts of Wheeler’s cav. – the road obstructed by felled timber. This move, together with the march of Palmer’s 14th A.C. on direct rd. from Ringgold to Tunnel Hill, was the beginning of hostilities in the Campaign for Atlanta. Wheeler’s cav., driven from Tunnel Hill, withdrew to Mill Creek Gap. During the next 5 days; Federal attempts to take Dalton were without success.
4th Corps’ Route to Tunnel Hill
Georgia Historic Marker. 23-5, Georgia Historical Commission, 1954
Catoosa County Georgia
Photograph taken by Linda Woodward Geiger. All Rights Reserved