genius of battle on the 25th, and Patrick Cleburne the hero on the 27th.General Johnston, about ten days later, took position in the mountainous country about Marietta, and on June 19th the line was occupied on Kenesaw mountain. On the day before, Gen. Lucius E. Polk, of Helena, who had risen from a lieutenant of Cleburne's company to be one of the army's best brigade commanders, was wounded by a cannon ball, which shattered his leg and rendered him incapable of further active service. When he had partially recovered, however, he sought and obtained positions of utility to the army, which he held until the close of the war. His brigade was consolidated with the brigade of General Govan, also of Helena, formerly Hindman's lieutenant. On the 27th of June, General Sherman made an assault on the Confederate line on Kenesaw mountain, beginning with a furious cannonade. Cleburne's division was one of those upon which the attack fell most heavily, but his loss was only 11, while 1,000 Federals fell in his front. In this fierce battle Major Knowles, of the Twenty-fifth Arkansas, was killed. General Johnston withdrew across the Chattahoochee and was relieved by General Hood. On the 20th of July, Hardee and A. P. Stewart attacked Thomas as he was crossing Peachtree creek. General Hardee explained his lack of success by the withdrawal of Cleburne's division at a critical moment to meet the advance of McPherson from Decatur. During the crossing of Peachtree creek by the Federals, July 19th, Gen. D. H. Reynolds, with his Arkansas brigade, was briskly engaged at Moore's mill, repulsing an attack and capturing a considerable number of prisoners. The Ninth Arkansas took two Federal flags. Reynolds lost 8 killed and 48 wounded, among the latter Maj. J. P. Eagle and Lieutenant Kirkpatrick, Second rifles. On the 20th the brigade, only 540
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