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[327] brigades, with the right brigade of Cleburne's division, were forced back, but rallying they charged the enemy and retook the works, with over 20 prisoners. ‘This was a most brilliant feat,’ said Wheeler, ‘and the Georgia brigade deserves great credit for its conduct on that day.’ Cleburne described this fight as ‘the bitterest of his life.’ It ended with the two Federal divisions, which constituted the Seventeenth or Blair's corps, about 8,000 strong, occupying Bald hill, where they immediately intrenched as strongly as possible during the night. Their loss for the day was 728 men.

McPherson, from the position he had now gained, in sight of Atlanta and about two and a half miles from the car-shed, observed that Hood was rapidly moving troops to the south, and in his report that afternoon, the last of his life, he warned Sherman that he had no cavalry on his flank, and said: ‘The whole of the rebel army, except Georgia militia, is not in front of Thomas.’ On that night McPherson's army lay in a north and south line, Blair's corps in the extreme southern position just described, with Smith's (Gresham's) division to the south of Bald hill, his left refused along the McDonough road; Dodge's corps next north, across the railroad, and Logan's corps north of the railroad connecting with Schofield.

‘The position and demonstration of McPherson's army,’ said Hood in his official report, ‘made it necessary to abandon Atlanta or check his movements.’ On the night of the 21st he ordered General Wright, in charge of the defenses of the city, to be prepared for an evacuation should it become necessary. In his report he said:

Unwilling to abandon, the following instructions were given on the morning of the 21st: The chief engineer was instructed to select a line of defense immediately about Atlanta, the works already constructed for the place being wholly useless from their position; Stewart's

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