ridge, spotted 400 of Sol Ross’s Texas Cavalry blocking theMcDonough Road near the old Nash Farm, (located at McDonoughand Babb’s Mill Road).
Taking each statement on its own merits,
Kilpatrick’s cavalry dash about a mile east of the Lovejoy Depot
is misleading. Union forces were formedsouth of McDonough-Fayetteville Road and north of Griffin Road. Again, OfficialRecords of the Civil War depict fierce fighting north of the Depot and south of theDorsey home, which was located about a mile north of the Depot. The CavalryCharge was formed and started near the Dorsey house, “As Captain Burnsreported, Kilpatrick told Minty, “We will form here, facing our present rear; you willform line on the right of the road, Colonel Murray will form on the left; you willcharge simultaneously. “The Charge crossed several hundred yards, as recounted by veteran reports.Troop alignments are also verified by Official Records and veteran accounts:The statement, “
upon reaching a high ridge, spotted 400 of Sol Ross’s Texas Cavalry blocking the McDonough Road
Is utterly false
. The Confederatecannon position was on the left of the road, and Ross’s main line was “half wayacross the field” to the south and west of the cannon. As told by 2
LieutenantSamuel Benton Barron, Company C, 3
Texas Cavalry:The line was maintained intact for a few seconds, the men emptying theirpieces at the heads of the columns. There was no time for reloading, andeveryone instinctively started for the horses a mile in the rear,a half-mileof open field behind us.The statement, “
Texas Cavalry blocking the McDonough Road near the oldNash Farm, (located at McDonough and Babb’s Mill Road),”
ignores the one-mile distance from the Dorsey house to the Nash property, and the one and one-half mile distance from McDonough-Fayetteville Road to the Nash property.Before the Charge, Union troops were spread from below McDonough-Fayetteville Road to just east of the Dorsey house. As told by Lieutenant W. S.Scott of the First US Cavalry:We now began to realize that we were surrounded, and the chanceslooked desperate, as our ammunition had already been pretty wellexhausted, and we must cut our way through the lines.The distancebetween the two lines of the enemy could not have been more than three-fourths of a mile.
Colonel Minty of the U.S. 7th PA Cavalry said of the Texans, “TheTexans fought and stood their ground with almost superhumanstrength, but it was all in vain.” “It wasn’t long before my command