General Cobb concurs.
Both Cobb and Beauregard, however, greatly underrated Sherman's force, neither estimating it higher than thirty-five thousand.
On the 20th, communication was cut between Augusta and Macon, and on the 21st, Fry, the commander at Augusta, reported to the rebel Secretary of War: The enemy are coming towadestroyed two hundred miles of railroad, breaking up every connection between the rebel forces east and west of Georgia.
No report from General Hood since the 20th ult.—Beauregard to Richmond, December 13. He had consumed the corn and fodder, as well as the cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry, in a region sixty miles wide, carried garrisons are not able to hold this ex tended position without support.
Lee at once ordered Hoke's division, about six thousand strong, to North Carolina.
On the 20th, Bragg, who had returned to Wilmington and resumed command of the district, telegraphed: The head of the enemy's fleet arrived off this point during the night.