The enemy was still within easy range of the Lickskillet
road, and I believed that he would yield before a vigorous attack.
The effort, however, proved a failure; the troops were formed on the road, and during the night were withdrawn by order of the commanding general
to a more suitable position, connecting with the works immediately around Atlanta
The enemy had two corps engaged in this affair; still, I am convinced that if all the troops had displayed equal spirit, we would have been successful, as the enemy's works were slight, and besides they had scarcely got into position when we made the attack.’
This attack in succession by the divisions of Brown
, which constituted the battle of Ezra Church, July 28th, was borne by Logan
's three divisions, reinforced at critical moments by four regiments from Blair
Other reinforcements by Palmer
were held in check by Jackson
The Federal force engaged was at least 10,000.
reported: ‘Just as my command had gained the ridge upon which was situated Ezra chapel, the enemy suddenly and with the greatest fury assaulted the right [west] and center of my line.
The troops had not had a moment to construct even the rudest defenses.
The position we occupied, however, at the moment of attack, was one of the most favorable that could have been chosen by us, it being on the crest of a continuous ridge, in front of the greatest portion of which a good and extensive fire line was opened.’
testified that the Confederates
moved forward rapidly and in good order, and with evident confidence, but were repulsed after an hour of terrific fighting.
Another desperate assault was made, and repeated four successive times.
‘During temporary lulls in the fighting, which did not at any time exceed from three to five minutes, the men would bring together logs and sticks to shield themselves from the bullets of the enemy in the next assault.