his army between Macon
, and thus divide the Confederate forces.
Gen. G. W. Smith
, in command of the First division, Georgia
reserves, had at Lovejoy's Station a force numbering about 2,800 effective infantry, 200 or 300 cavalry, and three batteries.
with two brigades of cavalry covered his front.
On the 12th, Major-General Wheeler
arrived in person and his cavalry division soon followed from Alabama
After the cavalry had skirmished with Howard
's advance, Smith
fell back to Griffin
, and there learning of the Federal
movements eastward, moved rapidly to Macon
notified Generals Bragg
, General Beauregard
, Gen. Howell Cobb
, General Taylor
, General Hood
and others, of the enemy's movements and evident intentions, and General Cobb
also advised those high in command of the danger that was threatening.
, at Macon
, had but a small force, and reinforcements were urgently called for. But there were few that could be spared.
could only send Gen. Richard Taylor
to take command, and himself follow, but he had no forces to take with him. The war department extended Hardee
's command to the Chattahoochee
, but he could only spare the Fifth Georgia without stripping the coast.
instructed General Cobb
to get out every man who could render service, and promised that Colonel Rains
, at Augusta
, would furnish torpedoes to plant in the roads.
Stirring appeals were made to the people of Georgia
by Senator Hill
and the Georgia
congressmen to fly to arms, remove all subsistence from the course of Sherman
's army, and destroy what could not be carried away; burn all bridges, block up roads, and assail the invader night and day.
marched on, creating a charred avenue over 40 miles wide through the unprotected State, destroying the railroads, seizing all provisions, pillaging, plundering and burning.
There was no force