Soon afterward Roddey
brought up 600 men. The enemy had taken a strong position in the edge of a wood behind a ravine, but Wheeler
flanked them out and then pressed them on the retreat, cutting off and capturing two nearly entire regiments, with all their artillery and wagons.
The pursuit continued for nearly four miles, during which many more prisoners were taken and the Confederate
prisoners were recaptured.
On the next day, 200 or 300 scattered Federals were gathered up in the woods.
The remainder of the Federals
in two columns managed to make their escape across the Chattahoochee
pursued beyond the river next day, and well nigh completed the entire destruction of McCook
's cavalry command.
The expedition under Stoneman
met the same fate.
Gen. Howell Cobb
reported from Macon
, August 1st: ‘General Stoneman
, with a cavalry force estimated at 2,800 with artillery, was met two miles from this city by our forces, composed of Georgia
reserves, citizens, local companies and the militia which Governor Brown
is organizing here.
The enemy's assault was repulsed and his force held in check along our entire line all day. Retiring toward Clinton
he was attacked the next morning by General Iverson
, who, having routed the main body, captured General Stoneman
and 500 prisoners. His men are still capturing stragglers.’
was expected to perform the task, self-solicited, of going as far as Andersonville
and releasing the 34,000 Federal prisoners there, but utterly failed in that, although he burned the railroad bridges at Walnut creek
and damaged the railroad.
He seems to have become hemmed in, and gave consent to two-thirds of his force to escape back, while he held the enemy in check with the remainder, about 700 men and a section of light guns.
One brigade, commanded by Colonel Adams, came in almost intact;