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ne body of reinforcements under General Polk; but, with disappointment, I had seen them, day after day, turn their back upon the enemy, and lastly cross the Chattahoochee River on the night of the 9th of July with one-third of their number lost — the men downcast, dispirited, and demoralized.
Stragglers and deserters, the capturedobject accomplished, and Thomas having partially crossed the creek and made a lodgment on the east side within the pocket formed by Peach Tree Creek and the Chattahoochee River, I determined to attack him with two corps--Hardee's and Stewart's, which constituted the main body of the Confederate army--and thus, if possible, crush Shident intention being to destroy the only line by which we were still able to receive supplies.
The railroad to West Point, because of its proximity to the Chattahoochee River, was within easy reach of the enemy whenever he moved far enough to the right to place his left flank upon the river.
Therefore, after the destruction of t