and first of September by Sherman
extending his flanking line far to the right, as he had done before at Rocky Face
, and Hood
was compelled to fight at Jonesboro
In this battle, General Hardee
was in chief command, General Cleburne
's corps, and Gen. S. D. Lee
's old corps.
's two corps at Jonesboro
, August 31st, and a bloody conflict ensued which lasted several hours and only ended at dark.
That night Thomas
came up and had now five corps, leaving only one with Sherman
to watch Atlanta
The Confederates spent the night taking position and throwing up earthworks, and occupied them half completed the next day, when the Federals
renewed their assaults.
The attacks became more determined as the day advanced; the enemy assaulting by successive lines, which the Confederates
repulsed one after another from behind their barricades of trees and partly-finished trenches, until the ground in front was becoming blue with their fallen foes.
But on and on poured the living tide, until at a point where the brigades of Granbury
were joined, behind their weak defenses, the enemy, by the very momentum of the surging mass he threw forward, enclosed Govan
and 600 of his Arkansas
troops, making them prisoners and recapturing a battery which the Confederates
had taken at Chickamauga
This Federal success did not break up or put to flight the other parts of the Confederate
It merely folded back upon itself and discharged volleys from both wings into the crowding mass which had entered the works.
At short range the Confederates
so mercilessly cut them down, that most of those who entered were killed or taken prisoners.
When the break occurred, both Hardee
beheld it, and the latter exclaimed that he must not lose his Arkansas
sent for the only brigade that in this extremity could be moved, and