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
Hardee at this time learned the real disposition of Sherman
's army from a captured officer of Howard
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
The latter apprehension was due to the fact that Slocum
had been ordered to advance from the Chattahoochee
on a reconnaissance.
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
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
was at Atlanta
's corps and the Georgia
militia; my corps was at Jonesboro
, and Lee
's corps was halfway between, in supporting distance of neither.’
did not have a strong position and had little time to