The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 39, In Three Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 717
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NORTH GEORGIA AND NORTH ALABAMA.
of the detachment (then stationed on the north bank of the river),
relieving Lieut. Col. H. C. Corbin. I found two guns of Captain
Beach's battery intrenched, and one company of the detachment de-
I)loyed as skirmishers, on the bank of the river. Having received
no definite instructions I continued the operations commenced by Lieu-
tenant-Colonel Corbin, annoying the enemy by a heavy fire across the
river and endeavoring to impede the progress of their work. The gun
under the immediate comnmanll of Lieutenant Murl)hy did good exe-
cution, tearing up the earth-work opposite to us, exploding one limber
chest, killing and wounding quite a nullber, while the excellent sharp-
shooting of the skirmishers placed several of the enemy hors d(le combat.
About 10.30 a. in. I received orders from the colonel commanding to
discontinue the fire of the skirmishers for a short period, and to cover
a charge of t rider of the remainder of the regiment about to b)e inade on the
south bank of the river, which instructions were complied with by
myself. The enemy kept ill) an almost constant fire fi'om their sharp-
shooters. I)urimg the afteroo1 they coummenced shelling the gun under
command of Lieutenan t Murplhy with several heavy guns, rende(lring
reply impossible and making it necessary for the men to seek the shelter
of the earth-work. At this time Lieut. Frak Gillett, of Company G,
was mortally wouitded by a piece of shell. The firing of Imy skirmish-
ers was continued untinued until (lark, when they were withdrawn. Acting under
the impression that the enemy would complete their works during the
night, thereby rendering my position untenable, I removed my coin-
mand a short distance up the river, worked hard all night, and had
nearly completed an earth-work with embrasures for three heavy guns
when I received all order from the colonel comnanading post to report
with my command to Colonel Morgan, which order was complied with
in time to take part in the reconnaissance made by the regiment on the
29th instant. The conduct of both officers and 1men was deserving of
the highest praise. I appendt a report of casualties.*
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
N. J. VAIL,
Major Fourteen th U. S. Colored Infantry,
Adjt. W. H. I. AVERY,
Fourteenth U. I'. Colored Infantry.
Reports of Col. Lewis Joh nson, Forty-fourth U. 8. Colored Infantry, comn-
manding post of Dalton, Ga.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN., October 17, 1864.
COLONEL: I have the honor to submit the following report regarding
the surrender of tile colored and white troops composing the garrison at
Dalton, Ga., on the 13th instant:
In anticipation of an attack of the rebel cavalry, which had been in
the vicinity of Dalton for a week or more, I sent Captain McNeely, with
his company of the Seventh Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry, on the morn-
ing of the 13th of October, toward Villanow, by way of Dug Gap, and
sent Lieutenant Fuller, with his twenty-five scouts, at the same time,
one on the Itesaca road to patrol as far toward Resaca as he could, for
* Shows 1 officer killed, 1 officer and 1 man wounded, and 1 man missing.
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United States. War Department. The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 39, In Three Parts. Part 1, Reports., book, 1892; Washington D.C.. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154635/m1/733/?q=dalton: accessed November 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.