homas to Sherman, 10:45 A. M., June 27: Yours received.
General Harker's brigade advanced to within twenty paces of the enemy's breast-works, and was repulsed with canister at that range, General Harker losing an arm. General Wagner's brigade of Newton's division, supporting General Harker, was so severely handled that it is compelled to reorganize.
Colonel Mitchell's brigade of Davis' division captured one line of rebel breastworks, which they still hold.
McCook's brigade was also very severorks, and to the fact that they were well manned, thereby enabling the enemy to hold them securely against the assault.
We have lost nearly two thousand officers and men, among them two brigade commanders, General Harker, commanding a brigade in Newton's division, and Colonel Dan. McCook, commanding a brigade in Jeff. Davis' division, both reported to be mortally wounded, besides some six or eight field officers killed.
Both General Harker and Colonel McCook were wounded on the enemy's breastw
om General Halleck which intimated that the authorities in Washington were willing I should undertake the march across Georgia to the sea. The translated dispatch named Horse-i-bar sound as the point where the fleet would await my arrival.
After much time I construed it to mean Ossabaw sound, below Savannah, which was correct. [General Sherman gives none of the dispatches which passed in regard to the matter.]
On the 16th I telegraphed General Thomas at Nashville:
Send me Morgan's and Newton's old divisions.
Reestablish the road, and I will follow Hood wherever he may go. * * * *
General Thomas' reply was (October 17):
* * * * Mower and Wilson have arrived and are on their way to join you. I hope you will adopt Grant's idea of turning Wilson loose, rather than undertake the plan of a march with the whole force through Georgia to the sea, inasmuch as General Grant can not cooperate with you as at first arranged.
So it is clear that at that date neither General Grant nor