in strong force to assault the works.
His first line, not a hundred yards distant when it emerged from the woods, was checked and went down before the steady and withering fire of the Missourians.
It was succeeded by another line which got a little closer, when it too was driven back.
Then came a third and new line, heavier than either of the others that had preceded it, which made a more determined assault, advanced farther and stood its ground longer than they had, but in the end shared the same fate—was driven back and hurled in confusion down the side of the mountain.
In threequar-ters of an hour the attack was ended and the enemy gone, leaving his dead in piles on the side and at the bottom of the hill.
's and Guibor
's batteries rendered efficient services in repelling these assaults.
On the 3d of July General Johnston
withdrew from Kenesaw
and established a new line on Peach Tree creek
and the river below its mouth.
He had been successful in all the battles he had fought during the campaign.
In addition, General Forrest
had achieved a brilliant victory over General Sturgis
in northern Mississippi
At this juncture General Johnston
was relieved of the command by order of the President
, and Gen. John B. Hood
assigned to it. Subsequently, the first engagement in which the brigade took part was an attack by a portion of Hardee
's corps on Thomas
did not fire a shot, but were kept under fire and lost 61 killed and wounded, among the killed being Lieutenant-Colonel Samuels
The next day they were spectators of the same kind of fighting, but did not suffer as they did before.
In the fighting in the trenches around Atlanta
, Lieutenant-Colonel McDowell
, of the Third infantry, and Captain Kennerly
, of the First infantry, were killed.
On the 7th of September the brigade drove several Federal regiments two and a half miles, recaptured Jonesboro
, on Sherman
's flank, held it until night and then returned to the main command.