two bodies of horse should be concentrated at Lovejoy
's, and Wheeler
defeated or chased off by their superior force; but, this failing.
was too strong for either division, and the scheme became chimerical.
, with his segment of the raiding force, struck out eastward to Covington
; thence moving down the east side of the Ocmulgee
, breaking up roads and burning bridges, without even attempting to keep his tryst with McCook
's. When at length he appeared before Macon
, he had not more than 3,000 men; and, being confronted with spirit by a hastily collected Rebel force under Iverson
, he was unable even to cross the river; but, abandoning all idea of reaching Andersonville
, turned on his trail, pursued by Iverson
Now he consented to a still further dispersion of his force — the three brigades composing it attempting to escape separately.
That led by Col. Adams
nearly unharmed; that under Col. Capron
was surprised by the way, charged and dispersed: those who escaped generally straggling into camp before Atlanta
on foot and disarmed ; while that with which Stoneman
attempted to maintain some show of resistance was soon surrounded by Iverson
, and Stoneman
induced, by an imposing pretense of superior force, to surrender at discretion — he having 1,000 men left, and Iverson
at hand only some 500.
, it was reported, cried
when he discovered how he had been duped; but his sorrow subserved no good purpose.
He had, by incapacity, imbecility, and disobedience of orders, squandered a full third of Sherman
by the President
's order, to the command of the Army of the Tennessee; where-upon, Gen. Hooker
, considering himself disparaged, was relieved, at his own request, from the command of his corps, which( was given to Gen. Slocum
. Gen. Palmer
was soon relieved from the command of the 14th corps by Gen. Jeff. C. Davis
. Gen. D. S. Stanley
succeeded Gen. Howard
as the head of the 4th corps.
The Army of the Tennessee was now shifted2
from our extreme left to our extreme right; moving behind the rest of the army from the Decatur
road on the east to Proctor
's creek on the south-west ; initiating a general movement to flank Hood
out of Atlanta
by cutting the railroads in his rear.
The movement was of course detected by Hood
; yet it had been substantially completed, and our men were hastily covering their new front with a rude breastwork of logs and rails, when Hood
as heavily from his left as he had done the week before from his right.
Evidently expecting to catch Howard
in disorder, or at least unprepared, he poured out his masses from the west side of Atlanta
, and charged impetuously on our new right, held by Logan
's (15th) corps, which had been formed on the crest of a wooded ridge, with open fields sloping from its front, its right refused, and something like a rail breastwork in its front; Howard
standing behind it, ready to hurry Blair
's and Dodge
's corps to its support; and Sherman
himself on hand, eager and alert for the encounter.
After a brief cannonade, Hood
's infantry, under Hardee
, was thrown forward against