then started back toward Newnan
, leaving 20 dead and wounded and 50 prisoners on Ross
hands, and taking 300 Confederate prisoners.
, reaching Jonesboro
's brigade, pushed on all night of the 29th, and with 400 men attacked the Federal
rear guard in the small hours of the 30th at Line creek
, where the bridge had been destroyed.
After a stubborn fight the enemy was dislodged from barricades commanding the passage, and a bridge was constructed over which Wheeler
passed, and continued his headlong pursuit though frequently encountering barricades and volleys from the enemy in the intense darkness.
Finally, with the single small brigade with which he started, Wheeler
found the enemy in force and attacked, routing McCook
and capturing 200 prisoners and horses, with a loss to the enemy of more than 40 killed. Not satisfied, he kept pushing McCook
's rear guard, capturing 20 more prisoners near Newnan
, on the West Point railroad.
, McCook cut the West Point railroad in three places, but the halt was fatal.
, reinforced by part of Cook
's regiment and two regiments under General Ross
, increasing his force to 700 men, sent one column under Colonel Ashby
to cut off McCook
's retreat, while he struck him in flank.
The result was that McCook
conceived that he was surrounded by ‘an overwhelming force of the enemy's cavalry, supported by a large infantry force.’
The assaults of Wheeler
were irresistible, and a large part of the Federal
force retreated in great confusion.
But another part swept over Ross
' dismounted men, capturing a number of men and horses, and at the same time Wheeler
's command was attacked and repelled in confusion.
The blow was returned successfully and Ross
' loss was retrieved.
The fight had lasted two hours and Wheeler
had gained the Federal
position and 400 prisoners, including three brigade commanders.
's brigade now came up, 400 strong, and while going into position