er the weak parts.
I had become satisfied that to reach the Macon road and thereby control the supplies for Atlanta, I would have to move the whole army, but — before beginning I ordered down from Chattanooga four 41-inch rifled guns to try their effect.
These arrived on the 10th and were put to work night and day and did execution on the city, causing frequent fires and creating confusion.
Yet the enemy seemed determined to hold his forts even if the city was destroyed.
On the 16th of August I made my Orders, No. 57, prescribing the mode and manner of executing the grand movement by the right flank to begin on the 18th.
This movement contemplated the withdrawal of the Twentieth Corps, General Williams, to the intrenched position at the Chattahoochee bridge and the march of the main army to the West Point Railroad near Fairburn, and afterward to the Macon road, at or near Jonesborough, with our wagons loaded with provisions for fifteen days. About the time of the publication