army retired to Chattanooga
The Confederate victory had been dearly bought.
started his campaign with fifty-three batteries of two hundred and fifty-four guns.
For most of the time the weather was almost as great an antagonist as the Confederates
Crossing swollen streams without bridges, dragging heavy guns through mud and mire, and most of the time stripped of all surplus baggage and equipage, the artillery soldier had few pleasures, no luxuries, and much very hard work.
On the 17th of July, the Confederate Government removed Johnston
, and detailed Hood
to command his army.
The news was received with satisfaction by the Federal
troops, for now they were certain of getting a fight to their hearts' content.
And so it developed.
The battle of Peach Tree Creek
, in front of Atlanta
, gave a splendid opportunity for the employment of the energies of the batteries that had been dragged so far through the mud by the patient men and animals of Sherman
“Few battlefields of the war had been so thickly strewn with dead and wounded as they lay that evening around Collier's Mill.”
rested his army and then started for the sea, sending Thomas
back into Tennessee
to cope with Hood
, the guns maintained the best traditions of the Western
forces, and victory was finally achieved against one of the best armies ever assembled by the Confederacy
The consolidated morning report of the Army of the Potomac for April 30, 1864, showed with that army forty-nine batteries of two hundred and seventy-four field guns, of which one hundred and twenty were 12-pounder Napoleons, one hundred and forty-eight 10-pounder and 3-inch rifles, and six 20-pounder Parrott rifles.
In addition to these guns, there were eight 24-pounder Coehorn
Two hundred and seventy rounds of ammunition were carried for each gun. The