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[339] lost 144 out of 450, and Youngblood's Georgia battalion, from Augusta, lost 9 out of 500.

Loring's division, of Stewart's corps, took position along the Lickskillet road and held that line on the left of Lee after Walthall was withdrawn. Here General Loring and General Stewart were both wounded. On the previous day Brigadier-General Ector, while in the works about Atlanta, was so severely wounded by a fragment of shell as to cause the amputation of his left leg. This bloody battle of July 28th, which might have been successful if fought as planned, but instead, on account of the aggressiveness of Howard's advance, was fought by brigades and divisions in detail, was the last outside the Confederate works at Atlanta. Following it the Federals pushed forward cautiously with frequent severe fights on the skirmish lines, while Lee with Bate's division, replacing Stevenson's temporarily, ran out a line of intrenchments along the Sandtown road to the southwest, covering the single line of railroad upon which the West Point and Macon traffic entered the city.

Meanwhile the two great cavalry raids of the Federals, one under General McCook down the right bank of the Chattahoochee and thence across the West Point road to the Macon road below Jonesboro, and the second under General Stoneman from the east flank of the Federal army toward the railroad from Macon east to Augusta, were well under way. Nearly 10,000 cavalry were in these two formidable columns, but the genius of Wheeler and Jackson was equal to the emergency. McCook crossed the Chattahoochee near Campbellton, pushing back Harrison's cavalry brigade, and rode rapidly to Lovejoy's Station south of Jonesboro, destroying mules, wagons, live stock and provisions as he went, and, reaching the railroad, destroyed a portion of the track and some rolling stock. Ross' brigade, called from the Lickskillet road during the fight of the 28th, made a hot pursuit, and with Harrison attacked McCook near Lovejoy's.

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