This morning pickets and skirmishers on my left (Walker
's division) gave way and let the enemy in behind Cockrell
's skirmishers, and enabled them to gain the Latimer house
, four hundred yards distant. Ector
's skirmishers also came in. Enemy soon advanced in line of battle, and with batteries opened on the salient an enfilading and reverse fire; and all day long this fire never ceased.
They could not carry my lines successfully, and we would not attack them by leaving the trenches; and so the firing went on. My loss was severe, amounting to one hundred and eighty, and as an instance of the severity of the fire on the salient, Captain Guibor
had served with his battery throughout the siege of Vicksburg
, yet his loss this day of thirteen men is greater than that sustained during the whole siege.
Toward evening ordered to withdraw and assume a new line on Kennesaw Mountain