From the number1
of dead counted from his breastworks, Lieutenant-General Hardee
estimated the loss of the troops engaged with his corps at five thousand; and in his official report, dated July 30th, Major-General Loring
estimated that of the Army of the Tennessee, which assailed his corps, at twenty-five hundred.
I think that the estimate of Northern officers of their killed and wounded on that occasion, “near three thousand,” does great injustice to the character of General Sherman
Such a loss, in the large force that must have been furnished for a decisive and general attack by an army of almost a hundred thousand men, would have been utterly insignificant --too trifling to discourage, much less defeat brave soldiers, such as composed General Sherman
It does injustice to Southern marksmanship, too. The fire of twenty thousand infantry inured to battle, and intrenched, and of fifty field-pieces poured into such columns, frequently within pistol-shot, must have done much greater execution.
On the 29th a truce was agreed to, to permit the Federal
soldiers to bury their dead lying near our breastworks.
The reports from the flanks showed that the enemy had much reduced the cavalry of their left, and proportionally increased the strength of that of their right.
was therefore desired to bring forward his division to the support of Jackson
It was done; and the State
troops under him rendered good service.