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of affairs I determined to ride to the rear, inform Generals Lee and Longstreet of the facts, and to recommend that I retire and resume the line from which I had advanced just before sunset. I found them about two miles off, in an open field, and, after a brief interview, we received orders to act in accordance with my suggestion. The troops were therefore withdrawn from the immediate presence of the enemy, back to their original position across the Groveton pike, about 2 a. m. on the 30th of August. As I was prepared to lie down and rest for the few remaining hours before dawn, one of my officers informed me that General Richard Anderson's Division was bivouacked in mass just in my front. Knowing that some thirty or forty pieces of artillery bore directly upon his troops, I mounted my horse, rode off in search of his quarters, and urged him to hasten his with-drawal, as the Federal artillery would assuredly, at daylight, open upon his men thus massed, and greatly cripple his divi
ps, which extended to the West Point and Atlanta Railroad, three-quarters of a mile beyond East Point. Stevenson's Division reported to me by 11 a. m. on the 30th of August. Hardee's Corps was on my left, and was gradually relieved by my corps, in order that it might extend further to our left. About 4 p. m. on the 3oth I was n record this opinion, viz: Had your orders been properly executed, either upon the 20th of July, at Peach Tree creek, the 22d of July, on our right, or on the 30th of August, at Jonesboroa, Sherman could have been foiled and Atlanta saved at least for some time to come, and I am not alone in this opinion. Commanding a peculiar , if any, who dissents from the opinion expressed above, viz: Sherman would have been beaten had your orders been obeyed on the 20th of July, 22d of July, and 30th of August. Whatever the press or people may say, the militia of Georgia are now more than satisfied with you as their Confederate General, and when they again enter