Then on the evening of today’s date in 1864, my Great Grandfather Nathan Oakes’s brigade, Brig. Gen. Mark Lowrey’s, posted in Hardee's Corps near Gen. John B. Hood's headquarters on Ashby Street, was relieved by a brigade of the Georgia militia. The next morning Lowrey marched his men toward East Point, about 6 miles southwest of Atlanta, and bivouacked there for 2 days. On the evening of the 6th, he was ordered to move again, farther in the direction of East Point, where on the morning of the 7th, they took position near Conley’s Mill, about 2 miles from East Point. At this point, his brigade with Patrick Cleburne's Division was on the extreme left of the Confederate line near the Sandtown Road.
Gen. Lowrey ordered his troops to construct a strong line of defensive works where they remained until the evening of the 29th. Lowrey reported, “The time spent here was remarkably quiet. There was some shelling and slight skirmishing, from which I lost 2 killed and 6 wounded.”
Sources: Pat Cleburne: Confederate General, Howell & Elizabeth Purdue; Stonewall of the West, Craig L. Symonds; Autumn of Glory, Thomas Lawrence Connelly; Official Records, Vol 38, Pt. 3