American Colonial Ranger: The Northern Colonies, 1724-64 by Gary Zaboly

By Gary Zaboly

This name examines the advance of the Colonial Rangers during this interval, and exhibits how they have been taught to outlive within the woods, to struggle hand-to-hand, to scalp a fallen foe, and to struggle throughout all kinds of terrain and in all climatic conditions. in line with formerly unpublished resource fabric, it paints a shiny photo of the existence, visual appeal and reports of an American colonial ranger within the northern colonies. overlaying the conflict at Lovewell's Pond in 1725, a watershed occasion in New England’s frontier heritage, via to King George's conflict (1740-1748), the rangers have been ready for the ultimate imperial contest for keep an eye on of North the US, the French-Indian struggle (1754-1763).

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Gen. John C. Brown’s (formerly 53 Hindman’s) division swept into the Georgia Railroad cut and routed the understrength Union force guarding it. Brown’s onrushing Confederates captured the four guns of DeGress’ battery and punched a hole in the Federal line that extended southward from near the Troup Hurt house to well below the railroad. The Army of the Tennessee’s new commander, Black Jack Logan, reacted quickly to the breakthrough, personally leading a five-brigade counterattack that by 1700 had sealed the breach in the XV Corps’ line.

Though badly managed, Hood’s assault had blunted Sherman’s flanking maneuver via the Powder Springs Road and bought precious time for the Confederate forces on the Kennesaw line. This latest setback further delayed Sherman’s timetable, leading him to make a fateful decision: he would forgo another flank attack and launch a frontal assault instead. In the meantime, Johnston’s appeals to Richmond for a cavalry raid to sever Sherman’s supply line seemed to bear fruit. On 20 June, a force of 1,600 Confederate cavalry under Brig.

Farther east, Wheeler’s dismounted cavalry was drawn up astride the railroad, opposing the Federals advancing from the direction of Decatur. Hood’s attack plan was both ambitious and complex. While Cheatham and Wheeler delayed the Federals to the east, Hardee and Stewart would attack en echelon from right to left, striking the Army of the Cumberland as it crossed Peachtree Creek and destroying it in the angle formed by the junction of the creek with the Chattahoochee. Though sound in concept, the assault required precise timing—with no fewer than seven Confederate divisions slated to attack in close succession (Map 5).

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