[The following paper was sent by General French
and read before the Louisville Branch
of the Southern Historical Society:]
On the 14th of June, 1864, the army under General Joseph E. Johnston
occupied a line of hastily-constructed works of several miles in length, extending from near Lost Mountain
to a point about a mile north of Kennesaw Mountain
The general direction of this line, from our left, was north of east, and it was confronted in its entire length by the Federal
army under General W. T. Sherman
's command numbered 48,800, and that of Sherman
, by official reports, 112,800.
The better to explain movements previous to assuming position on Kennesaw Mountain
, I will make some extracts from my diary.
June 14, 1864.
This morning, by written orders, General Loring
moved to the right; General Canty
from the left to the centre, and I extended to the right.
Rode over to see General Polk
; asked him when General Johnston
and he went to the right to come down my line; said they probably would. * * * * At 12 M. heard that General Polk
was dead; sent an officer to his headquarters to inquire, and learned the report too true.
Went to headquarters at 2.30 P. M., but his remains had just left for Marietta
He had accompanied General Johnston
to the left and gone to Pine Mountain
, and while there the party was fired on by one of the Federal
batteries, and the third shot fired struck the General
on the left side and killed him instantly. * * *