he south fork of the Peach Tree Creek.
McPherson, having to make twice the march of Thomas's center, had gone on too rapidly for Hood's calculations.
He had already in long gaps broken the railroad to Augusta, and was so swiftly approaching Atlanta from the east that Hood had to stretch his lines farther around the great city to the east and south, thus thinning his lines before Thomas.
As my orders appeared a little confusing, I rode back at daylight of the 20th to General Thomas near Buckhead, where he had slept the night before.
Here he instructed me to take my two divisions, Stanley's and Wood's, to the left two miles off from Newton, leaving Newton where he was, on the direct Atlanta wagon road.
This, creating a broad, uncovered space along my front, was done owing to the nature of the country — rough and woody with much thick underbrush-but particularly to fulfill Sherman's express orders to keep connection with Schofield.
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