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The Battle at Allatoona Pass, Georgia: Henry Rifles, Signal Flags, and a Famous Hymn

On October 5, 1864, Federal and Confederate forces struggled for control of Allatoona Pass, Georgia. Hard-pressed troops from Illinois and other "western" states held until a relief column drove away their attackers. The battle would remain largely a footnote in the war's history but for the important role of some Federal armament and the popularity of a hymn inspired by the fight.

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