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Lieut.-Gen. A. P. Stewart commanded the troops of the army of Tennessee, numbering 8,731 effective men, and General Johnston treated Stewart's command as one corps. There were present, of Cheatham's corps, detachments from Cleburne's and Bate's divisions (only engaged in the battle of the 19th), and 406 effective men under the command of Major-General Bate. Stewart's corps had 890 effective men, and 2,660 of Lee's corps were present; with this force and the North Carolina troops under Gen. Braxton Bragg, and the forces under Lieutenant-General Hardee, numbering 15,000 men of all arms, General Johnston fought the battle of Bentonville. Cheatham's arrival on the 21st increased the strength of the corps to 2,602, and Lieutenant-General Lee joined General Johnston in a few days with about 3,000 troops, composed of detachments from his own, Stewart's and Cheatham's corps, united in one body at Augusta, Ga.

The attack was begun upon our left (Hoke's division) by General Slocum with the Twentieth army corps. General Johnston reported that the attack continued about thirty minutes and was repulsed with heavy loss to the enemy. In a few minutes ‘another attack was made upon Stewart's corps, commanded by Major-General Loring, by which the enemy was quickly driven back.’ Hardee was in position at 3 o'clock and made a vigorous attack on the right, well and gallantly (said the commanding general) seconded by Stewart, Hill, Loring and the officers under them. Slocum was badly beaten but was heavily reinforced and assumed the offensive, with little effect. After burying the dead and removing our own and the Federal wounded, the Confederates resumed their first position. On the 20th, the enemy had three of his four corps present well intrenched, but made no general attack. During the day General Bragg's line was several times attacked and the enemy repulsed and severely punished. On the 21st, heavy skirmishing was renewed on the whole front of our line, and at 4 o'clock

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