Harris another. Lieutenant Harris also disabled one of the rebels by a blow on his head with a saber, and captured him. There was also a rebel Sergeant-Major taken prisoner. Whether the enemy sustained any further loss or not, I don't know. Our boys state that they saw some of our men shot and others knocked upon the head after they surrendered, and three of the men that we buried have marks of having been knocked on the head; two of them had fatal gunshot wounds. The other had the side of his forehead crushed in, apparently by a blow with a clubbed gull; there were no other marks of violence upon his person. The rebels were led by the savage Wheeler, so I am informed by the wounded rebel prisoner we have in charge. I asked him how many men Wheeler had. He replied he did not know, but that he did not think that he could have had more than seven or eight hundred. As our force was probably double that of the enemy, had there been a combined attack by our cavalry and infantry, it might have succeeded in entirely discomfiting him. In a little skirmish which we had with the enemy on the twelfth inst., the morning we reached our lines near Dalton, we had one man killed, James Self, a brave fellow, greatly beloved by all the boys who knew him.
John Taffe, Chaplain Eleventh Kentucky Cavalry.
the left wing of the Army, near Dalton, May 31, 1864.The chief transactions of the past three days, forming episodes in the daily and nightly skirmish firing, shelling, and assaults by the enemy on various parts of our extended and impregnable line, have been the attack upon McPherson on the extreme right, on Saturday, the twenty-eighth. Three divisions were moved to the attack at a time when he was supposed to be about to move by the flank, to close up the gap between his left and the right wing of Thomas. But, though about to move, he was found still in position, and prepared to inflict a severe chastisement upon the enemy. The fight was a severe one, lasting about one hour, during which our men are said to have behaved with consummate coolness and courage. The enemy was repulsed with a very heavy loss. The field was covered with their dead and wounded. General McPherson reports that he buried three hundred, and had about fifty mortal cases of rebel wounded in his hospitals. The loss of the enemy cannot, he thinks, fall short of twenty-five hundred. On Monday night there was an attempt to drive in our skirmishers in front of the Twenty-third corps; but the Second and Third divisions sent them to the right about, inflicting considerable loss upon the attacking party. Our loss was not large. On Tuesday morning, Polk's corps lying in front of the Twenty-third corps, made a dash at the Second and Third divisions with two heavy lines of skirmishers. Our advance line was obliged to fall back upon the second line, and they in turn upon the reserve, when the enemy met with such a hot reception, they fell back in disorder, leaving many dead and wounded on the field. Our loss was ten or twelve killed, and some forty wounded, in the two divisions. We brought eight rebel dead within our lines, from the immediate vicinity of our works, which were only a small part of those who fell under the steady fire of our troops. Our lines were again established in the same positions, and have not since been disturbed, except by the perpetual attention of the sharpshooters, who occasionally pick off a man. The wounded have been sent to the rear, under the arrangements of Dr. Shippen. Killed.--John Coffelt, I, One Hundred and Seventh Illinois ; William Peer, B, Fiftieth Ohio; W. R. Hagel, I, Fiftieth Ohio; John Franklin, B, Fiftieth Ohio; William Wiley, A, Fiftieth Ohio; John Clotter, K, Fiftieth Ohio; Joseph Smith, F, One Hundred and Fourth Ohio; Samuel F Totten, F, One Hundred and Fourth Ohio; Thomas E. Willians, G, One Hundredth Ohio; Daniel Hager, K, Fourth Kentucky.
June 1.The enemy have been very active in shelling our line to-day, under the impression, possibly, that some change is occurring in the disposition of our lines — which may prove correct. I refrain at present from indicating what the nature of the movement is, as it may fall into rebel hands, and afford the enemy some clue to our future plans. Everything is working well. McPherson is closing up upon our right, and the army will now be ready to make the next move on the chess-board at once. Writing evidently under a total misunderstanding of the facts, your correspondent did the greatest injustice to General Cox's division, in the account he gave of the battle of Resacca. Your fairness will, I am sure, lead you to correct the mistake. The division was not “last,” as the correspondent states, but was on the extreme left, and was the first to encounter the enemy on Saturday morning, the fourteenth of May. The column had moved through woods impassable for artillery, and the skirmishing had commenced before any battery had come up. The artillery of General Cox's division cut their own road through the woods, bridged ravines, and were on the enemy's right in position, and had opened on them about nine o'clock A. M. The Fifteenth Indiana battery, and Battery D. of the First Ohio Light Artillery, dismounted two rebel guns in a work situated to the enemy's right and rear. They also set fire to a building containing ammunition, which was burned towards eleven o'clock. The infantry of the division were the only troops that charged and actually carried the enemy's lines on that day. This was accomplished between