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[333] charge, there was no opportunity for effective work in that way, and they held their position two hours, losing about 50 killed and wounded.

About the time that Hardee attacked, Gen. Joseph Wheeler made one of his irresistible assaults upon the Federal intrenched force at Decatur and carried the line, capturing about 225 prisoners, a large number of small-arms, one gun and a few wagons, but was prevented from destroying a large part of the Federal wagon trains by being urgently called to the support of Hardee.

The battle closed with Hardee and Cheatham in possession of part of the Federal line. Logan's division had been pushed back on the right of the army of Tennessee, and about half a mile of its left had been bent back at right angles. But the center held fast, and the position finally taken, it would have been a waste of men to attack. Besides, the armies of Thomas and Slocum, further to the north, had not been engaged except in skirmishing with Stewart.

Hardee bore off as trophies eight guns and thirteen stand of colors, and remained in the presence of the enemy, while Cheatham captured five guns and five or six stand of colors. Hood claimed that the partial success was productive of much benefit to the army, improving the morale, infusing new life and fresh hopes, arresting desertion, defeating the flank movement to the southeast, and ‘demonstrating to the foe our determination to abandon no more territory without at least a manful effort to retain it.’

Bragg telegraphed President Davis, ‘The moral effect of the brilliant affair of the 22d is admirable on our troops, and I am happy to say our loss was small in comparison to the enemy's. He was badly defeated and completely foiled in one of his bold flank movements, heretofore so successful.’ Gen. R. E. Lee, informed that it was a great victory, expressed the hope that lines of communication would now be opened for bringing supplies to Richmond.

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