dead of the Army of the Cumberland lying before two of Hardee
's divisions, very near, some against, our breastworks.
The calculated proportion of wounded to killed is five to one; this would indicate a loss of six thousand there
. But the officers of that army reported fifteen hundred and eighty killed, wounded, and missing
(see page 223, above report)-less than two per cent. of the sixty thousand men of that army.
The dead belonged to the first and second lines; and we could see seven exposed to our muskets and cannon, so that many others must have been killed.
In like manner, on the 27th of May, we repelled an assault by four divisions, and counted seven hundred dead within thirty paces of our line.
As five or six lines immediately behind these dead were exposed to our shot, there must have been considerable additional loss.
Yet Federal officers reported but fourteen hundred as the entire loss, when it could not have been so little as four thousand. General Sherman
does not allude to this action.
In the engagement two days before (referred to on page 44), we had a much greater force engaged longer, and, therefore, must have inflicted a much greater loss.
In the three actions, at least twenty-five hundred Federal soldiers must have been killed — as many as, according to Federal officers, were killed in all the fighting in ten weeks described by General Sherman
, of which that in these three actions was not a fourth part.
The reports made to General Sherman
charge his troops, indirectly, with being checked, repulsed, intimidated, by such losses as ordinary troops would have disregarded.
This is incredible to those who, like the writer, have often witnessed the vigorous and persistent courage of American soldiers, the best of whom were not superior to General Sherman
's. But the testimony of the ten thousand and thirty-six graves in the Union Cemetery
, of soldiers killed south of the Etowah
, is conclusive.
Less than two thousand of them fell in the actions about Atlanta
But at least three thousand were killed north of the Etowah
, and buried at Chattanooga
As the towns and villages in the route of the Federal
army were burned, there could have been no hospitals, and, therefore, few deaths by sickness south of Dalton
These proofs show that the estimate on page 357, “Johnston
's narrative,” which General Sherman
pronounces erroneous, is not much so, to say the least.
On page 48, General Sherman
claims to have taken three thousand two hundred and forty-five prisoners in May, because he had captured twelve thousand nine hundred and eighty-three in the four and a half months ending September 15th.
We had no loss by capture in May, and only a little more than two hundred up to July 18th.