Polk's corps, forming the centre, by the little river, the course of which there crossed General Bragg's line obliquely.
Hardee's corps — constituted the left wing.
Both armies were drawn up in two lines.
The Federal, much the more numerous, had as left leading, to drive the Confederate army to the west of the Murfreesboroa road, with a similar object.
Lieutenant-General Hardee's corps was in motion at dawn, and his attack made at sunrise by McCown's division, his first line; his second,on its right and engaging the enemy soon after.
The Federal troops, surprised and assailed with the skill and vigor that Hardee never failed to exhibit in battle, were driven back, although formed in two lines, while the assailants were in but one.put in motion about mid. night, and marched quietly across Duck River, Polk's corps halting opposite to Shelbyville, and Hardee's at Tullahoma.
General Bragg estimates his force at thirty thousand infantry and artillery, and five thousand cavalr
he subject — the return sent to the Confederate War-Office, prepared by Major Kinloch Falconer of the Adjutant-General's Department, from the reports of Lieutenant-Generals Hardee and Hood, and Major.
General Wheeler. General Sherman states in his report that he commenced the campaign with above ninety-eight thousand men. But, asounting of heavy rifle-cannon, just brought from Mobile, on the front toward the enemy.
As to the almost impregnable character of the available positions; General Hardee wrote in his letter of April 10, 1868, already quoted: The country between Dalton and Atlanta is, for the most part, open, intersected by numerous practicable the manner in which the progress of the enemy was resisted, the dispirited condition of the army, and its want of confidence in me, the reader is referred to General Hardee's testimony in the letter on pages 365, 366, and General Stewart's in that on pages 367-369.
Mr. Davis's official course toward me, from the commencement
River, for the Period commencing May 7, and ending May 20, 1864:
Polks army, Mississippi42405447
Consolidatees of Engagements around New Hope Church, near Marietta, Georgia:
Polk's army, Mississippi33194227
Consolidatngagements around Marietta, Georgia, from June 4 to July 4, 1864:
Polk's army, Mississippi1289261,054
Connd Atlanta, Georgia, commencing July 4, and ending July 31, 1864:
Engineer'around Atlanta and Jonesboroa from August 1 to September 1, 1864:
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