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[321] for a line he had been preparing at Smyrna Station. Thus ended the twenty-six days of fighting before Marietta, in which the total Confederate loss was 3,948.

When Johnston took this last position at Smyrna, across the railroad, Gen. G. W. Smith's division of Georgia militia was ordered to support Jackson's cavalry on the left. Smith brought with him R. W. Anderson's battery of light artillery, and took position in the open country until pushed back to the crest of Nickajack ridge, about three miles north of Turner's ferry. Sherman followed the Confederates, and on the 4th of July made what he called ‘a noisy but not desperate demonstration’ against the line at Smyrna, and another demonstration against the position of the Georgia militia. General Smith resisted the assault, but sent word that he would retire at daylight unless his position must be held as long as possible, and received in answer orders to withdraw at dawn.

During the night, Johnston fell back from Smyrna and took position in the line of redoubts, or tete-de-pont, covering the railroad bridge over the Chattahoochee, the cavalry being sent to the south bank of the river. The Federal lines were now pushed forward cautiously, until Johnston's position was found to be impregnable, when a flank movement to the left was ordered by Sherman, by which Schofield successfully crossed the Chattahoochee east of Smyrna, and made a strong lodgment. In the same general movement, Garrard raided Roswell, destroyed the factories there which had supplied much cloth for the Confederate soldiers, and held the ford near that place for the crossing of McPherson's and part of Thomas' armies. These aggressive disposition of Sherman's required Johnston to fall back beyond the Chattahoochee.

Johnston next occupied a line convex to the enemy, behind Peachtree creek and Chattahoochee river. There was comparative quiet until the 7th, except for the cavalry

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