The next assignment for Cleburne's Division's is to guard several key passes or "gaps" through the mountainous area behind Bragg's army. On assignment in several of these same gaps is another ancestor, Great-Great Grandfather David Crockett Neal, whose 6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment in Wharton's Division has been busy obstructing the gaps to slow the enemy's advance.1
Into these passes that dissect Pigeon Mountain Cleburne sent elements of Wood’s Brigade, Great Grandfather Oakes's unit.2 In some of these gaps, the soldiers felled trees and set up other obstacles to slow any Union advance through them. From each of these gaps Wood's Regiment will keep a watchful eye on enemy activity in McLemore’s Cove, while the rest of the division remains at LaFayette.
|Source: The War of the Rebellion Atlas|
1 Wharton's Division was assigned to watch the lower passes in Lookout Mountain on a long front from Gadsden, Alabama, to Rome, Georgia.
2The passes in Pigeon mountain assigned to Wood were Dug Gap, Catlett's Gap (2 miles north of Dug Gap), and Bluebird Gap (1 1/2 miles south of Dug Gap).