That night Johnston
abandoned his lines.
An inspection of the enemy's intrenchments demonstrated that our skirmishers were right, and that a single brigade on our left would have been ample to turn the enemy's flank and open the way to victory.
The above facts were immediately reported to Sherman
I do not know what action, if any, was taken upon them.
I refer to this incident, not as especially affecting the military reputation of any officer one way or the other, but to illustrate the working of a faulty system.
Under proper organization and discipline, any division commander could hardly have failed with that fine division to do all that was desired of him that day. I believe that division commander's commission as major-general of volunteers was anterior in date to mine, and he, no doubt, with General Sherman
and some others, thought he was not subject to my orders.