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FICTION at the Henry County Battlefield Website

FICTION at the Henry County Battlefield Website

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The Nash Farm Collection. Clayton & Henry County history. Historical accounts, documentation and rebuttal of the Fiction depicted by Henry County’s official civil war historian.
The Nash Farm Collection. Clayton & Henry County history. Historical accounts, documentation and rebuttal of the Fiction depicted by Henry County’s official civil war historian.

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Henry County Battlefield Websitehttp://www.henrycountybattlefield.com/History/Lonestar.htm Sol Ross’ Texas Cavalry Brigade was composed of 420 brave soulswho rode worn out horses and mules. Their equipment and firearmswas certainly inferior to their Northern counterpart. This rag tagTexas Cavalry unit fought in just about every battle during theAtlanta Campaign.
http://www.henrycountybattlefield.com/History/Lonestar.htm
 
1. The Brigadier General’s name was SUL Ross, for Sullivan Ross.2. The Confederate Enfield rifles were actually superior to the Union Springfieldrifles. As found on page 474,
Sherman’s Horsemen 
, by David Evans:“A Confederate soldier armed with a muzzle-loading rifle could fire from ranges atwhich a Yankee trooper could not effectively reply. Confederate General DanReynolds (who first met the Union forces at Lovejoy’s about 11:00am) thoughtthat made a difference. “My Enfield rifles were much more effective in the smalltimber than their short cavalry guns.””
After fighting Kilpatrick’s rear guard at Jonesboro, Ross’s Texansknew Kilpatrick’s Cavalry were headed to Lovejoy to destroy therailroad there. The Texans raced their horses down the muddy roadsfrom Jonesboro and beat Kilpatrick’s cavalry command there.
 http://www.henrycountybattlefield.com/History/Lonestar.htm
 
Both the Official Records of the Civil War (War of the Rebellion) and
Sherman’s Horsemen 
tell the events at Lovejoy’s Station on August 20, 1864 differently.When the first Yankees approached the intersection at 11:00am, about adozen of “Red” Jackson’s Confederate scouts, who had been hovering just outside rifle range all morning, opened fire.That skirmish was the beginning of a three-hour battle between Confederate andUnion troops. It was nearly 2:00pm when Sul Ross’s Texas Cavalry arrived.As the Rebel infantry withdrew Yankee troopers heard the rattle ofmusketry in the rear. The echoes grew sharper and more insistent. It washard-riding Sul Ross and his Texans storming down the road from Lee’sMill.
Kilpatrick’s only escape was to tear out to the east on theMcDonough Road towards McDonough. Kilpatrick’s cavalry dashabout a mile east of the Lovejoy Depot and upon reaching a high
 
ridge, spotted 400 of Sol Ross’s Texas Cavalry blocking theMcDonough Road near the old Nash Farm, (located at McDonoughand Babb’s Mill Road).
http://www.henrycountybattlefield.com/History/Lonestar.htm
 
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
nd
LieutenantSamuel Benton Barron, Company C, 3
rd
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

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