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In his report General Lee stated that he delayed his attack after he heard firing on Cleburne's line, until the right division of Hardee's corps became engaged, when, being satisfied that the battle had begun in earnest, he ordered his corps forward. ‘The attack was not made by the troops with that spirit and inflexible determination that would insure success,’ although several brigades behaved with great gallantry. ‘The attack was a feeble one and a failure, with a loss to my corps of about 1,300 men in killed and wounded.’ Among the wounded of the army were Gens. Patton Anderson and Cumming.

Hardee at this time learned the real disposition of Sherman's army from a captured officer of Howard's staff. On the following night he received an order from Hood to return Lee's corps to Atlanta, also Reynolds' brigade, and a brigade or so of his own, if possible, and with the remainder and Jackson's cavalry protect Macon and the communications in rear. ‘There are some indications,’ said Hood, ‘that the enemy may make an attempt upon Atlanta to-morrow.’ The latter apprehension was due to the fact that Slocum had been ordered to advance from the Chattahoochee on a reconnaissance. General Hardee remarks in this connection that General Hood, ‘with a marvelous want of information,’ evidently still believed the enemy to be in front of Atlanta.

At 4 p. m. on the 31st, Sherman was informed that Howard had repulsed the attack at Jonesboro, that Schofield had reached the railroad near Rough and Ready, and was working up the road, destroying it as he went, and Stanley and Baird were similarly occupied working south. He at once ordered the whole army to turn toward Jonesboro and envelop Hardee. On the following morning, September 1st, says Hardee, ‘Hood was at Atlanta with Stewart's corps and the Georgia militia; my corps was at Jonesboro, and Lee's corps was halfway between, in supporting distance of neither.’ Hardee did not have a strong position and had little time to

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