Rebel News; The War In Georgia

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REBEL NEWS.; THE WAR IN GEORGIA.
The Battle of June 27 at Kenesaw Mountain. THE FIGHTS ON JUNE 21 AND 22. REBEL ACCOUNTS OF THE SITUATION. The Battle of Kenesaw Mountain Highly Important from the Front-Enemy Assaults our Works Repulsed with Heavy Loss. From the Front Assault of our Centre. The Frost. Later in the Evening. The Fights on June 21 and 22. THE FIGHT ON THE 22D. A Complaint Over Mismanagement.

From the “Southern Confederacy,” June 28.From the Southern Confederacy. June 28, 1864″; Editorial. From Johnston’S Army. From the “Atlanta Confederacy,” June 26, 1864.

Published by the “New York Times,” July 12, 1864

MARIETTA, Monday, June 27.

The enemy made a simultaneous attack on our right, when our batteries, ably assisted by those on Kenesaw Mountain, Commanded by Col. Stow French’S Chief of Artillery, opened a most galling fire upon them. Their loss is not yet ascertained, but it is thought to be very heavy. Forty ambulances are now in sight carrying off their wounded.

A brisk skirmish is going on in front of French’s division. One Yankee Colonel and one Major are known to be killed.

About 10 o’clock this morning, the enemy, consisting of part of Palmer’s, Schofield’s, Blair’s, Howard’s and Logan’s corps attempted to gain possession of an angle in our fortifications, on the left and centre, held by Cheatham and Cleburne. They with difficulty came up in seven lines of battle. Our troops reserved their fire until they approached within a few yards of the breastworks, when they opened upon them with grape, canister and musketry.

The fire was so rapid and destructive that the enemy could not rally, but were driven back with a loss of between 800 and 1,000 men.

We captured about 100 prisoners, including Lieut.-Col. John B. Kerr, of the Seventy-sixth Illinois; Capt. H.B. Wakefield, of the Fifty-third Indiana, and Lieut. J.H. York, of the Sixty-third Indiana: also, two stand of colors, one of them presented to the Twenty-seventh Illinois by By Brigadier N.B. Buford.

The woods where the enemy’s dead and wounded lie are now on fire, making it impossible to bring them off.

Our loss, owing to our men being protected by breastworks, was very small on our right and centre.

The Sixty-third Georgia Regiment, under Col. Gordon, of Mercer’s Brigade, was deployed as skirmishers, acted with great gallantry, and held hand-to-hand fight with the enemy until relieved.

The troops engaged in the first-mentioned action were Maney’s and Vaughn’s brigades of Cheatham’s division, and Polk’s and Lowry’s brigades of Cleburne’s division.

Brig.-Gen. Kimball, commanding the First Brigade of the Second Division of Howard’s Fourth Army Corps, was killed, or so reported by his own men who were taken prisoners.

WAGNER’S in Kimball’s brigade suffered very severely.

The enemy made a fierce and vigorous assault upon Hardee’s Corps yesterday, and, we are proud to state, were handsomely repulsed. The attack was mainly directed against the centre of our line at Kenesaw, up to which they advanced four lines deep. The enemy opened fire at nine o’clock A.M., in a heavy cannonade against Kenesaw and the batteries of Hardee, succeeded, about 11 A.M., by a direct charge upon the portions of the line occupied by Cheatham’s, Cleburne’s and Walker’s divisions, the fight extending into Loring’s Division. The enemy’s troops were drunk with whisky, and came right up to the works. Some of them are represented to have been so drunk as absolutely to have refused to discharge their pieces.

Two stands of Yankee colors were captured almost upon the top of our breastworks. The enemy were repulsed at every point of attack, and their loss is estimated at 5,000. Our loss was apparently insignificant.

Prisoners report that Gen. Jackson, with cavalry, is in Sherman’s rear, and that he burned three trains near Tilton, a short distance from Dalton.

There is a rumor that the enemy is falling back by the Villenow road.

About fifty prisoners were brought down last evening, and among them a Lieutenant-Colonel.

MARIETTA, Sunday, June 26 — P.M.

Our lines remained unchanged, and, while a fight may come off at any hour, yet I see no prospect of a general engagement soon. I don’t think it is Sherman’s intention to fight unless Gen. Johnston forces him into an engagement, which he will likely do ere many days.

While the effect of a ball sent from a Hessian’s Whitworth, or from that of a sharpshooter, is equally as great and dangerous as if it had been shot in the heat of battle, yet sharpshooting has become so common that to hear the occasional rattle of musketry along the whole line scarcely excites the dread or suspicion of those witnessing it for the past six weeks. It is true, both armies sustain some loss by sharpshooting; but that loss is of no importance to either.

The enemy’s plans are not yet developed to any one, unless it be to Gen. Johnston, which leaves us to conjecture. The bulk of the Yankee army is probably massing on our left. Of course the chief object is to flank, like the boy by wrestling, but Sherman won’t do so unless he gets all “under bolt.”

The confidence of the whole army is unabated in Gen. Johnston, and the greatest enthusiasm prevails. It can be seen that the army of Tennessee needs one other assistance, and that is Forrest, to command the cavalry. We have a brave corps of cavalry, but there seems to be something lacking. With Forrest, to lead them, Shermans’s rear would be so harrassed as to force him back, or reduce his army by the number of troops required to guard depots and the long string of railroad over which he is obliged to ship his supplies daily.

There is but little discipline in our cavalry — the number of stragglers scattered through the country from that command testifies to the fact. I know that Northeast Georgia is absolutely filled with infantry deserters and cavalry stragglers. I am aware that discipline does not always prevent desertion, but it does strangling.

It is yet known who the President will appoint Lieutenant-General to command Polk’s old corps.

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One Response to “Rebel News; The War In Georgia”

  1. Jeffrey M. Graf Says:

    June 27th, 1864. One of the bloodiest days in the history of the 40th Indy. Man after man on the 40th roster has the descriptive; died at Kennesaw. Johnston taught Sherman a hard lesson about why you don’t attack strong entrenched positions. Up until then, he had ridiculed Thomas and the Army of the Cumberland for entrenching. Too bad the lesson cost thousands of men and excellent brigade commanders like Charles Harker and Dan McCook.

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