a direct attack as a diversion and threat.
Morgan was to move to his left to reach Chickasaw Bayeft across Chickasaw Bayou, and M. L. Smith on Morgan's right.
We met light resistance at all point near the head of Chickasaw Bayou, in front of Morgan, and the other about a mile lower down, in froeral orders accordingly.
I pointed out to General Morgan the place where he could pass the bayou; ant in person about a mile to the right-rear of Morgan's position, at a place convenient to receive rn A. J. Smith's front and in front of General George W. Morgan. One brigade (DeCourcey's) of Morgan'Morgan's troops crossed the bayou safely, but took to cover behind the bank, and could not be moved forwardnd did not cross the bayou at all, nor did General Morgan cross in person.
This attack failed, and felt that it was due to the failure of General G. W. Morgan to obey his orders, or to fulfill his pJ. Smith's11......
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er message from General Halleck which intimated that the authorities in Washington were willing I should undertake the march across Georgia to the sea. The translated dispatch named Horse-i-bar sound as the point where the fleet would await my arrival.
After much time I construed it to mean Ossabaw sound, below Savannah, which was correct. [General Sherman gives none of the dispatches which passed in regard to the matter.]
On the 16th I telegraphed General Thomas at Nashville:
Send me Morgan's and Newton's old divisions.
Reestablish the road, and I will follow Hood wherever he may go. * * * *
General Thomas' reply was (October 17):
* * * * Mower and Wilson have arrived and are on their way to join you. I hope you will adopt Grant's idea of turning Wilson loose, rather than undertake the plan of a march with the whole force through Georgia to the sea, inasmuch as General Grant can not cooperate with you as at first arranged.
So it is clear that at that date neither Gene
outh Carolina brigade commanded by a Colonel Butler. * * * *
We resumed the march toward Goldsboro.
I was with the left wing until I supposed all danger had passed, but when General Slocum's head of column was within four miles of Bentonville, after skirmishing as usual with cavalry, he became aware that there was infantry at his front.
He deployed a couple of brigades, which, on advancing, sustained a partial repulse, but soon rallied, and he formed a line of the two leading divisions, Morgan's and Carlin's, of Jeff. C. Davis' corps.
The enemy attacked these with violence, but was repulsed.
This was in the forenoon of Sunday, the 19th. General Slocum brought forward the two divisions of the Twentieth Corps, hastily disposed of them for defense, and General Kilpatrick massed his cavalry on the left.
General Jos. Johnston had the night before marched his whole army (Bragg, Cheatham, S. D. Lee, Hardee, and all the troops he had drawn from every quarter), determined, as he told