small fort at West Point
The work was 35 yards square, surrounded by a ditch, supplied with four cannon, and situated on an eminence commanding the Chattahoochee bridge
at that point.
One assault was repelled by the garrison, but in the second the Federal
soldiers swarmed over the little fort and captured the entire command of Tyler
, who was killed with 18 of his officers and men, while 28 were severely wounded.
The Federal loss was 7 killed and 29 wounded. At West Point
, two bridges, 19 locomotives and 245 cars loaded with quartermaster's, commissary and ordnance stores, were reported destroyed by the Federal
on the same day, April 16th, a week after General Lee
's surrender, Gen. Howell Cobb
made a gallant attempt to defend the bridges over the Chattahoochee
, fighting on the Alabama
side, but was overwhelmed by the Federal
forces, who took possession of the city, capturing 1,200 prisoners and 52 field guns.
Col. C. A. L. Lamar
, of General Cobb
's staff, was among the killed.
The Federal loss was 24 killed and wounded. The ram Jackson
, which had been built for the defense of the Chattahoochee
, now nearly ready for service, with an armament of six 7-inch guns, was destroyed, as were also the navy yard, foundries, arsenal, armory, sword and pistol factory, shops, paper mills, cotton factories, 15 locomotives, 200 cars, and a large amount of cotton.
's forces now took up the march from Columbus
, destroying much property en route and wrecking the railroads.
Within 13 miles of the city they were met by Brigadier-General Robertson
, of Wheeler
's corps, under a flag of truce, bearing a letter from Gen. Howell Cobb
announcing an armistice between Generals Johnston
Before General Wilson
could reach the front to make investigation, Colonel White
dashed into the city and received its surrender, although General Cobb
protested that the Federal
troops should acknowledge the armistice.
, G. W. Smith