and far in front by a full line, were driven in, and their ground held by the enemy.
A division of State militia organized by Governor Brown
, under Major-General G. W. Smith
, and transferred to the army, was charged about this time with the defense of the bridges and ferries of the Chattahoochee
, near Atlanta
, to guard against the surprise of the town by the Federal
On the 16th a new disposition was made on the left.
's corps changed front to the rear on its right, by which it was placed on the high ground east of Mud Creek
, facing to the west.
The right of the Federal
army made a corresponding movement, and approached Hardee
's line, opposed in advancing by Jackson
's division, as well as twenty-five hundred men can contend with twenty-five thousand.
This disposition made an angle where Hardee
's right joined Loring
's left, which was soon found to be a great defect, for it exposed the troops near it to annoyance from enfilade, which should have been foreseen.
Another position, including the crest of Kenesaw
, was chosen on the 17th, and prepared for occupation under the direction of Colonel Prestman
The troops were placed on this line on the 19th: Hood
's corps massed between the railroad and that from Marietta
's, with a division (his own commanded by Featherston
) between the railroad and eastern base of the mountain; and Walthall
's and French
's along the crest of the short ridge --French
's left reaching its southwestern base, and Hardee
's from French
's left almost due south across the Lost Mountain
road, to the brow of