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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 14: Sherman's campaign in Georgia. (search)
e from Jonesboroa, approached it at that point. He encountered strong and entirely unexpected opposition, while Schofield felt none. The reason was that Hood, on account of Kilpatrick's raid, had divided his army, and sent one half of it to Jonesboroa, under Hardee, and with the remainder he held the defenses of Atlanta, and was too weak to attempt to strike Schofield under the vigilant eye of Slocum. Howard fought gallantly at the passage of the Flint, and on the following morning Aug. 31, 1864. found himself in the presence of a very formidable antagonist. Placing his army in battle order, with the Fifteenth (Blair's) Corps in the center, and the Sixteenth and Seventeenth on its flanks, while the men, as usual, cast up rude breastworks in front, he awaited an expected attack. It came very soon, for Hardee, hoping to crush Howard before he could receive re-enforcements, threw upon him, as quickly as possible, the weight of his own and Lee's column. He failed to effect his pu