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Earl J. Hess

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469634197

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634197.001.0001

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Scott versus Geary

Scott versus Geary

(p.129) 7 Scott versus Geary
The Battle of Peach Tree Creek

Earl J. Hess

University of North Carolina Press

Thomas M. Scott's Brigade of Loring's Division attacked John W. Geary's division, the only Twentieth Corps unit in place on good ground south of Peach Tree Creek. While Scott's right wing was stopped in bloody fighting, the left wing took advantage of a wooded ravine that lay to Geary's right (and should have been occupied by other Twentieth Corps troops if Hooker had placed his corps properly before the battle). Scott's left wing used this cover to flank Geary's line and throw his division into confusion. The right wing of Charles Candy's brigade fell back in and a bloody fight developed around the 13th New York Battery, in which the Federals held their ground and repulsed the Confederates. Meanwhile, Patrick H. Jones's brigade, to Candy's rear, adjusted its position to help Candy and oppose the enemy. David Ireland's brigade, to Jones' rear, broke up its column formation to go into action with some regiments moving forward to help the rest of the division and other regiments being forced back by the Confederates, who surged to the rear of Geary's position. In the end, after a confused, swirling battle in the woods, Geary's men repulsed Scott's attack.

Keywords:   Thomas M. Scott, John W. Geary, Charles Candy, Patrick H. Jones, Davis Ireland, 13th New York Battery, Joseph Hooker, Twentieth Corps, Loring's Division

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