We have received Atlanta
papers of June 2d, in advance of the mails, through the courtesy of Mr H A Hamilton, of the Southern Express Company.
They contain some later particulars of Gen Johnston
's fight at New Hope Church on the 28th.
A letter in the Appeal,
describing the assault, says:
On came the enemy, in long compact lines, their bayonets glittering in the evening sun, with the stars and stripes floating in the breeze.
The fight opened with great spirit and raged furiously for some hours.
The enemy hurried their picked division against Granbury
's Texas brigade, but his off tried veterans dashed back their assailing columns with a vehemence truly defiant.
The enemy not daunted by their failure to break our lines, rallied again, and with terrible momentum they again assail our immovable front, but Granbury
's, and perhaps other brigades met the shock and drove the enemy back to their works, and then with a yell charged their works, and scattered them like leaves in an autumn gale.
The enemy came within five paces of Granbury
's lines, but it was only to add to the fearful list of the slain.
In his immediate front over three hundred dead Yankees attest the unerring fire of his brigade.
The enemy were pressed vigorously till night hung her black flag of truce over the scene of carnage.
The stars glitter like the eyes of angels through the blue pavement of the sky, but their beams only give a more ghastly hue to the features of the slain.
Another writer says:
They crawled on their hands until they were within fifteen paces of our breastworks before our boys fired a gun. After the first volley was fired into them they hoisted white flags, and said they would surrender, but when they were told to lay down their arms they refused, and attempted to gain the works, when a most terrible and destructive fire was poured into them, resulting in a complete rout.
The troops engaged in the fight were Granbury
's and Govan
As the enemy charged the Texas
brigade, the 6th and 7th Arkansas enfiladed them on the left, while the 8th Arkansas engaged them on the right.
The latter regiment being very much exposed, and being compelled to charge the enemy, lost very heavily.--Their loss was 18 killed, 63 wounded, and two missing. The loss of the other regiments was very small--two hundred and fifty covering the entire loss of the division.
Among the captured Yankees
is one Major McKim
, who says he resided at Marietta
several years ago. When the war broke out he was living at West Point, Miss.
's division were heavily engaged yesterday evening on the left — their loss was very heavy.--Lewis
's Florida brigades lost 72 killed, 350 wounded, and 56 missing. They charged the enemy in their breastworks and were repulsed.
A letter from New Hope Church, dated the 31st, says:
Our lines are very nearly the same this morning that they have been for several days.
The sick and wounded have all been sent to the rear.
If Gen. Johnston
can get the enemy in an open field by withdrawing a few miles, he will certainly do so, as he feels his ability to defeat him, let the fight come on when and where it may. The troops, though wearied by long marches, are in fine spirits and ready at any moment to meet the enemy.
It is believed that reinforcements are on their way from Banks
's army to Sherman
, but us Gen. Johnston
is aware of this, he will not allow Sherman
to have the benefit of them in the pending conflict.
The enemy still are suffering greatly for want of forage, and if we can only interrupt their line of transportation for a few days, they will be compelled to attack us in our own position or fall back nearer their base of supplies.