His hope was to interpose this corps between Hood
and the detachment of five thousand rebels now attacking Allatoona
The remainder of the national army was directed straight upon Allatoona
The signal officer
on Kenesaw mountain
reported that since daylight he had failed to obtain any answer to his messages to Allatoona
; but while Sherman
was with him, he caught a glimpse of the tell-tale flag through an embrasure, and made out the letters C. R. S. E. H. E. R., and translated the message: ‘Corse
This was the first assurance Sherman
had that Corse
had received his orders, and that the place was adequately garrisoned.
He watched with painful suspense the indications of the battle, impatient enough at what seemed the slow approach of the relieving column, whose advance was marked by burning houses, according to orders; but about two o'clock the smoke about Allatoona
grew less and less, and at four ceased altogether; and later the signal flag announced that the attack had been repulsed, but Corse
The next day Sherman
's aide-de-camp received a despatch, not intended for history, but worthy to be preserved: ‘I am short a cheek-bone and an ear, but able to whip all hell yet.’
The fight had been severe, but French
, in command of the rebel detachment, was definitely repelled before the arrival of the Twenty-third corps.
He doubtless knew of its approach, for he was in full retreat on the Dallas
road before the head of the national column appeared.
The rebels, however, had struck the railroad a heavy