's right flank, which had been fully prepared for their reception, and which, as they approached, swept them down by a murderous fire.
Again and again were they reformed and pushed up by their officers, only to be again decimated and broken; a few of them pressing up to our rail-pile parapet, only to be there shot down or hauled over as prisoners.
When they could no more be driven to this foolish slaughter, their officers, at 3 P. M., gave it up and recoiled; leaving on the ground 642 dead, who were counted by our regular burial-parties; and these were not all. Sherman
, whose total loss was but 600, estimates Hood
's at 5,000.
admits but 1,500.1
's appetite for attacks in force seems to have been satisfied by this time; since he made no more, though our long-range guns now reached into and shelled Atlanta
from several points, kindling fires that involved heavy losses.
was steadily extending his right; bringing down Schofield
army, and then Palmer
's corps; until his intrenched line had been pushed nearly to East Point
, commanding the railroads whereby Atlanta
must be fed. Hood
barely watched these operations, and extended his out-works accordingly.
Yet a vigorous defensive was so little suited to his impatient, heady disposition that, having squandered half his infantry in rash assaults and charges, he now dispatched Wheeler
with his cavalry to our rear, to burn bridges, capture supplies, and break up the railroad whereon Sherman
must depend for subsistence.
resolved on a bold stroke for Atlanta
; but, when he heard that Wheeler
, having passed our left, was in his rear, had captured 900 beeves, broken the railroad near Calhoun
, and was bent on havoc generally, he joyfully ordered Kilpatrick
, now commanding our 5,000 remaining cavalry, to move4
, in the rear of our right, down to Fairburn
, break up the West Point railroad thoroughly; then push across to the Macon
road and destroy that; fighting any cavalry that might get in his way, but avoiding a serious conflict with infantry.
obeyed; striking the Macon
road at Jonesboroa
, routing a small cavalry force under Ross
, and doing some work on the railroad; when a brigade of Rebel infantry and a small force of cavalry appeared from below, and compelled him to resume his travels.
Drawing off to the east, he made a circuit, and again struck the railroad near Lovejoy
's but the enemy were already here; so, charging through their cavalry, taking 70 prisoners and a 4-gun battery, which he destroyed, he made for camp by a north-east circuit; reaching Decatur
on the 22d.
did not hesitate.
He made the proper discount on Kilpatrick
's estimate of the damage he had done to the railroads; but he was confident that, though not sufficient to interrupt transportation for ten days, as Kilpatrick
judged, it was worth something.
He ordered the siege to be abandoned; the sick and wounded, surplus wagons, &c., to be sent back to his intrenched position on the Chattahoochee
, which the 20th corps,