The rebel attack rolled along the left until General Williams
' fine division was fully engaged.
It had advanced to close up on Geary
, General Knipe
's brigades in the centre, General Ruger
's on the right, and Colonel Robinson
's on the left.
It fought from four o'clock till long after dark, in a dense forest, without yielding a foot.
It was a fair stand up fight, in which Williams
' division lost more heavily than any other in the engagement.
When they first advanced against Colonel Robinson
's brigade, the rebels held up their hands as if to surrender, upon which, seeing our lads hesitate, they instantly poured a volley into them.
These wretched and cowardly tactics were practised on other portions of the line.
The brigade of Colonel Ansel McCook
, on Palmer
's left, was at one time heavily engaged, the One Hundred and Fourth and Tenth Wisconsin losing about fifty men each.
The remainder of Palmer
's corps was not engaged, and so rapid and conclusive was the fighting that it was not needed to assist Hooker
It is estimated that every man in Hooker
's corps expended over a hundred rounds of ammunition.
At the beginning of the fight the ammunition trains were on the north bank of the creek, but they were rushed over before the troops had generally emptied their boxes.
The enemy retired a mile or more during the night, falling back to his works around Atlanta
's inaugural was not very felicitous.
The battle of Peach-tree creek
must rank with the most brilliant successes of the war. The failure of the rebels to destroy our right wing was owing to the indominable pluck of the men. They couldn't afford to be whipped, and such being the case, General Hood
was unhappy in supposing that he could worst ten thousand of our lads with his whole army, even after (to borrow a phrase from the Confederate
classics), “getting them just where he wanted them.”
An officer's account.