from the responsibility of executing it. It was all wrong, but there was no present remedy, and he must do the best he could.
The position of his corps on the right made it necessary that it should have the advance in the day's movement, while I would follow close after and support him under all circumstances.
So we started early in the morning to execute Sherman
's orders—thoroughly to destroy the railroad, and close down on Thomas
That morning, as Sherman
II, page 107), ‘Howard
found an intrenched foe (Hardee
's corps) covering Jonesboroa
,’ and ‘orders were sent to Generals Thomas
to turn straight for Jonesboroa
, tearing up the railroad track as they advanced.’
But of course, as General Sherman
had anticipated the night before, such orders could not reach me in time to do any good.
They were not received until after the affair at Jonesboroa
But hearing the sound of battle in our front, I rode rapidly forward to the head of Stanley
's column, which was then not advancing, made inquiries for that officer, and was informed that he was trying to find General Thomas
to get orders.
I immediately brought my infantry of the Twenty-third Corps out of the road occupied by Stanley
's corps, moved it to the front through woods and fields, and endeavored to find a way by which I could reach the enemy's flank or rear, riding so far ahead with a few staff officers and orderlies that I escaped very narrowly being captured by the enemy.
Finally, near dark, General Stanley
's troops began to deploy and attack the enemy; and as there were more troops on the ground than could possibly be used that day, I could do no more than stand and watch their movements, as I did with intense interest until my medical director, Dr. Hewit
, one of the bravest and coolest men I ever knew, called my attention to the fact that the place was much too hot for a general and his staff who had nothing to do