As the Federal
commander manifested a strong disposition to operate by his right, which was already nearer to Atlanta
than the Confederate
left, another position was selected for the army, ten miles south of Marietta
, which Colonel Prestman
was desired to have prepared for occupation; and Brigadier-General Shoupe
was directed to construct a line of redoubts on a plan devised by himself, on a line selected by Major-General Lovell
on the high ground near the Chattahoochee
, and covering the approaches to the railroad bridge and Turner's Ferry.
Negro laborers had been impressed for the work.
Some time before, Captain Grant
, the engineer-officer
who directed the construction of the intrenchments around Atlanta
, was instructed to strengthen them in a manner explained to him, and was authorized to impress negro laborers for the work.
The reports of outposts, and observation from the top of Kenesaw
on the 1st and 2d of July, showed that General Sherman
was transferring strong bodies of troops to his right.
The Confederate army was therefore moved to the position prepared for it by Colonel Prestman
, which it reached early on the 3d, and occupied in two lines crossing the road to Atlanta
almost at right angles-Loring's corps on the right and Hardee
's on the left of the road, Hood
's on the left of Hardee
's on the right of Loring
's corps, and Jackson
's, supported by General Smith
, on the left of Hood
During the twenty-six days in which the two armies confronted each other near Marietta
, besides the incessant musketry of skirmishers, the Confederate
troops had to endure an almost uninterrupted