on the Big Shanty
road, encountered a part of Wheeler
's. After a succession of skirmishes, the Confederates
charged and drove the enemy before them several miles beyond Big Shanty.
The losses of the two parties were not ascertained, except that of forty-five prisoners by the Federals
Five or six days elapsed before the enemy approached near enough for the usual skirmishing and partial engagements.
The cavalry on both flanks was active, however; especially near the railroad, where it was most numerous.
On the 8th, the body of the Federal
army seemed to be near Acworth
Our army was, for that reason, formed to cover the roads leading from that vicinity toward Atlanta
: the left of Hardee
's corps at Gilgal Church, Bate
's division occupying the summit of Pine Mount, a detached hill about three hundred feet high; Polk
's right near the Acworth
road, covered by Noonday Creek
; and Hood
's massed on the right of that road; Jackson
's division on the left, and Wheeler
's in front of the right.
On the 11th, the left of the Federal
army could be seen from the Confederate
signal-station on Kenesaw
, intrenched on the high ground beyond Noonday Creek
The centre lay a third or half mile in front of the summit of Pine Mount, and the right extended across the Burnt Hickory and Marietta
The cavalry of the Federal
right was held in check by Jackson
's division, aided by the line of intrenchments constructed by our infantry between Lost Mountain
and Gilgal Church; but that of the left