Rocky Face Ridge - Dug Gap / Mill Creek Gap May 8, 1864 A Virtual Cemetery created by: Janet
Description:Hooker's XX Army Corps 2nd Division (Geary) "...Geary's division, of the Twentieth Corps, made a reconnaissance well up the side of Chattoogata Mountain (a high and precipitous ridge running due south from Buzzard Roost). Geary's men fought their way well up to the enemy's intrenchments on the crest, but with considerable loss and without being able to gain possession of Mill Gap. The troops were then withdrawn to a position in the valley out of reach of the enemys guns..." No. 7. Reports of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas, U. S. Army, command ing Army of the Cumberland. OR, Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part I) p. 140. 1st Brigade (Candy) "...May 8, broke camp at Nuckles house about 9 a.m. and marched for this point (Mill Creek Gap), arriving about 2 p.m.; was ordered to form line in rear of Second Brigade, and to support them in the taking of the gap. On arriving at the foot of Chattoogata Mountain (opposite Mill Creek Gap), the Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteers was held in reserve by the general commanding division, the Twenty-ninth Ohio Volunteers, with the Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, was ordered forward to assist the Second Brigade in the assault on the gap; the Fifth and Sixty-sixth Ohio Volunteers, with the One hundred and forty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, was held as a support to the artillery and to prevent any flank or rear attack of the enemy on it. The orders given to the Twenty-ninth Ohio and Twenty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers were to take the gap, and on reaching the summit to halt. The regiments went at the work bravely, and ascended the mountain to within thirty yards of its summit, but on arriving at that point found it so naturally defended, in addition to obstructions placed by the enemy, as to be an impossibility to proceed any farther... " -OR, Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part II) p.154 29th Ohio KIA: 1 CO, 19 men. Severely Wd: 4 CO, 49 men. Slightly wd: 1CO 20 men. 2M. I have the honor to report that the Twenty-ninth Regiment Ohio Veteran Volunteer Infantry occupied the extreme left of our battle line at Mill Creek Gap, Ga., in the action of the 8th day of May, 1864, at the foot of the mountain. Our right rested on the road leading up the hill; arrived at point nearest the enemy's line, our left was swung to the right so that our entire line rested parallel to and at the road, our left not more than 120 yards from the top of the hill. We could have held our position if supplies of ammunition could have reached us, but after stripping the cartridges from the dead and wounded, and exhausting them, we were ordered to fall back. I immediately deployed a line of skirmishers, and directed the killed and wounded to be moved off the field. The ammunition of the skirmishers being entirely expended the enemy became more bold. Their fire being directed on those engaged in carrying off the killed and wounded, obliged us to abandon some of our dead; the wounded were all brought off..." -OR Series 1 - Volume 38 (Part II) p. 181. No. 212. Report of Capt. Myron T. Wright, Twenty-Ninth Ohio Infantry, of operations May 8 - July 20. HDQRS. TWENTY-NINTH REGT. OHIO VET. VOL. INFTY., Atlanta, Ga., September 8, 1864.
The following men were listed in the Ohio Roster Roll of Honor as KIA at Dug Gap, Ga., May 7(?): Co A: Grant, Winthrop, 1st Lieut. Knowlton, Adrian M; Potter, Franklin. Co B: Potter, Wm, Died of wounds (DoW) July 8 at Nashville. Co C: Mason, Allen, Corpl DoW May 29, Marietta. Gray, John. Co D: Bare, Thomas G; Gardiner, Jacob, KIA May 7. Actually DoW at Chatt., D, 12289. Downey, Charles A; Foust, George, Corpl; Hane, Henry A; Steese, John W; Wooldridge, Samuel, Sergt. Co F: Smith, Martin. Co G: Braginton, George F, DoW, May 17, 1864. Bur Nashville H- 9770. Green, Ellis F, Sergt; Lantz, Wm C; Murray, George, DoW May 9; Remley, Christian, Sergt; Woodard, John, DoW May 11 at Ringgold, Ga. Co H: Bright, Andrew J, DoW, June 3, 1864, at Chattanooga. Connell, Warren H, Corpl. Joles, Eli C; Keppler, John; Osbourne, Charles; Smith, John, DoW May 25 at Chatt; Co I: Newcomb, Hiram, DoW in Hosp at Chatt June 1. Nims, Cass M; Phinney, Tobias; Rupp, Henry. Co K: Long, Amos.
28th Pennsylvania 3 killed James Grimes, Co G. Jacob Hartz, Co E.
2nd Brigade (Buschbeck) May 8 Mill Creek Gap: 2 Officers, 25 K; 6 Officers 136 W 119th New York as skirmishers, Wd: 1 CO, 12. MIA: 1. 73rd Pennsylvania, KIA: 1, Wd: 30. MIA: 10. Did not find a grave for Barney McElroy, Co E, Killed at Rocky Face Ridge, Ga., May 8, 1864 27th Pennsylvania KIA: 1, Wd: 5. Did not find a grave for Charles Borie, Co E, Killed at Rocky Face Ridge, March 8, 1864 154th New York KIA: 8. Wd: 2 CO, 41. MIA: 7. Did not find a grave for: 1 ARNOLD, AMBROSE F., Co D widow Calista H Northrup 6594905 2 BISHOP, GEORGE., Co C "Color Sergeant" "shot while carrying the US flag" widow Louisa Sam 3 DILTSE, GILBERT, Co D widow Lydia mar. Sprague 6 KINYON, SANFORD P., Co I. Found: 4 GREEK, GEORGE W.— 5 JONES, LEWIS L.— died, June 2, 1864, in hospital at Nashville, Tenn. 134th New York (Capt Edwin Forrest MW.) KIA: 11, Wd: 1 CO, 23. I did not find a grave for any of the eleven men KIA: 1 ASHTON, GEORGE, Co B Widow Margaret Mary Eckersley, England and Schenectady 2 COOPER, GABRIEL A., Co B son of Ann Cooper, widow of Edward. 3 PARIS, CHARLES, Co G, also borne as Parris 4 PAYNE, GEORGE R., Co E, also borne as George B. 5 WALTERS, AMBROSE L., Corpl Co G mother Lydia Walters 6 WESSELS, RICHARD., Co B 7 WINNE, JAMES., Co G 8 BELLINGER, JACOB. Co K, Dug Gap 9 CONNELLY, PATRICK, Co I, " " widow Margaret 10 FREDERICKS, DANIEL, Co H, " " 11 HALLOCK, NICHOLAS, Co E, " "also borne as Hallack. Widow Mary Tiffany 33rd New Jersey KIA: 2 CO, Wd: 2 CO, 25. MIA: 3. (KIA: Capt Henry C Bartlett, Lieut Joseph L Miller. Severely wd: Capt James R Sanford, leg amputated.)
109th Pennsylvania detached as train guard; not in battle.