Kenesaw Mt Battle in Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA 3 July 1889

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Kenesaw Mt Battle in Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon PA 3 July 1889 - 4:03 3:55 " Alter holding tneir ground lor an...
4:03 3:55 " Alter holding tneir ground lor an nour Logan ordered the men to fall back to the line of rifla pits ~~ that bad just been vacated by the Confederate skirmishers. skirmishers. \Vhen these sturdy troops left the line they hadheld so gallantly, gallantly, 500 of then- comrades comrades lay dead and ^ •wounded npon the ^. ground behind them. One of the; brave dead was CoL Barnhill, of CES . the Fortieth Illinois, Illinois, who had fallen within thirty feet of the Confederate intrenchments. The line of skirmish rifle pits was speedily adjusted for defense, Smith's division held them permanently. Johnston, ever watchful and skillful, saw from his heights every movement of his enemy. • Early in the morning, June 27, the Confederates Confederates upon Kenesaw observed unusual activitv among staff officers and generals of the Federal army. They were so near that general officers could be plainly distinguished. distinguished. _ F . CHZATHAH, 4 at your ! leading St. THE UNION CENTER. French's division of Loriug's corps was one of those attacked by the Army of the Cumberland, though the brunt of the attack here fell upon Featherstone's brigade of Loring's Loring's own old division, and was from Logan. French went to the brow of the mountain und seated uimself behind a largo rock to try and discover what the great activity of the Union lines along his front meant. He writes: "We sat there perhaps an hour, enjoying a bird's eyo view of one of tho most magnificent magnificent sights ever allotted to man, to look down upon a hundred and fifty thousand men arrayed in the strife of battle on the plain below." He concluded there was a general attack, but thought that because he could see no infantry infantry in his front on the plain below that he was exempt from it. He was roused from this sense of security by the sudden arrival of a messenger who informed him that Cock- roll's brigade of his corps had been heavily attacked and needed assistance. A portion of Howard's corps was attacking here. French ordered Ector's brigade into the tight. Tho Union troops were repulsed. The column of assault struck Cockrell's ceutcr. A tremendous fire met them. They swuuj; round into a deep ravine. The move was a fatal one. A Confederatefiro struck them ia front and on both flanks. Under this French says the column "seemed to melt away or sink into the earth to rise no more." Then French returned to his post of observation behiud the rock at tho top of Kenesaw. (Jen. Thomas commanded two attacks, the one against Loring's left, French's division, already mentioned, and another against Cheatham's division of Hardee's corps on tho Confederate left. In front of Cheatham was the most deadly fighting of that bloody day. The heaviest blows of all fell upon Thomas' army. Palmer and Gen. John Newton attacked attacked Cheatham'u division. Newton led the attack of Howard's corps. The attack was begun by a tremendous cannonading. Then the Union skirmishers dashed forward and opened fire. Tho Confederate skirmishers retired to their main line. The battle was opened. Brig. Gen. Charles G. Barker led an advance advance brigade of Gen. Newton's division. He went steadily forward over the open ground with his men. An awful fire assailed them. The Confederates Confederates had been waiting for that moment From their front came volley after volley. Across the plain from right and left flow shot and shell from the Confederato batteries like a shower of meteors. The men did not stop, except those who were stricken down by tho Confederate fire, but pressed on till they reached the edge of the felled trees which formed an abatis in front of the Confederate intrenchmeuts. Barker led on bis men gallantly, cheering them, urging them forward in. the teeth of the leaden h"'V Close up to the enemy's -in- trenchment the Union advance wavered under a fire which was more than mortal man could face, and sought shelter behind logs and brushwood. Onco more Barker's loud, cheery voice was heard bidding bis brigade go on into the in- trenchments with him. Then suddenly tho brave voice was trim mrantrv, cannot be taken by direct assault." assault." 'After dark, 9une S7, the Union troops retired retired to their old rifle trenches, and the roar of guns slowly died away. June 23, all was quiet. Gen. Sherman wrote a private letter to a friend that day. He said: "My campaign has been one grand skirmish, skirmish, mountains and forests so obscuring the ground that I have not seen 10,000 of tha enemy at any one view, though by advancing my lines one hundred yards at any time in the past month I could draw the fire of one hundred guns and 50,000 or 60,000 muskets at point blank range. I have been compelled to move laterally for miles to turn a. line or succession ofSESATOR JOSEPH BROWX lines of parapets, which, though made in two or three days, have all the essentials of a permanent permanent work, ditch, parapet and embrasure, and the very best kind of abatis and palisade. Each party tig? made many dashes at the other, but invariably the nssttiTnnf; gets the worst of it I have already passed over one hundred miles, including the only niter producing producing country, the great iron and coal beds of Georgia and its best meat producing country." The stranger, who has visited the United States senate galleries any time since 1SSO, has been struck by the appearance of a man on the Democratic side wno looked very aged. TTis head was somewhat bowed forward upon his breast His upper lip was smooth shaven, but from his chin a snow white beard descended, descended, seeming to Mow like a cataract, nearly nearly to his waist He had a Tong, sharp, "acquisitive" "acquisitive" nosa His eyes beamed mildly forward from an ancient pair of bowed spectacles, spectacles, and his dress was plain and old fashioned fashioned in the extreme. Who was he! the visitor invariably asked. Had the deacon of some rustic church got into the United States senate by a bad mistake mistake of his constituents, and had he brought his Bible and hymu book with him? "Well, the mild, deacon looking man is the famous Senator "Joe" Brown, of Georgia, one of the shrewdest, "long headedest" business business men in the whole south; one of tha wealthiest, too, nn ^" not so old as he looks by fifteen years. He is not a deacon of a country country church, but he is president of the West- em and Atlantic railroad, the one running south from Chattanooga to Atlanta and onward, onward, that over which Sherman received his supplies as he moved southward, and which the armies of both north and south cris- crossed with their blood so often during the war. Senator Joseph E Brown was the Confederate Confederate governor of Georgia during the war. Only for his material aid and encouragement Gen. Johnston could not have maintained his ground so successfully against Sherman as he did. Governor Brown put the Georgia state militia under Johnston's command and aided him with supplies in all ways in his power. Governor Brown was a graduate of the Tale College Law school, and went into practice practice in Georgia. He was governor of tho state in 1860, and She • '. was an original Se- | cessionist. But after the war he earnestly earnestly advocated reconstruction, reconstruction, and until 1S72 acted with the Republicans. Since 1S?3 he has been a Democrat. He has been elected gov- 'ernor of Georgia four times, and is now in, his third ator Brown has done much to develop tha material resources and prosperity of Georgia. Nearly all the men of most note in the Confederate Confederate Army of the Tennessee who surviva are in office under the United States government government in one capacity or another. Hanyol them are in congress, Maj. Gen. \VUliam B. Bate commanded a division in Hardee's corps on the Confederate left during the fighting months with which we are now dealing. His life has been a most varied one. Ho Las been a steamboat clerk, private in the Mexican war, lawyer, political office holder, private, captain, colonel, brigadier brigadier and major general in the Confederato service, and finally, since the war, governol ofTennessee and United States senator. Daring Daring the war ho was dangerously wounded three times. Yet another present southern United States senator served actively on the Conf ederata side in the campaign of -which we write. This is Hon. Francis M. Cockrell, of Missouri. He commanded a brigade of Missonrians at the battle of Keue- saw Mountain. "He was In French's di' di' vision, and it was against his brigade that the heaviest part of the attack of Howard on French fell. The Union attack on Cockrell's brigade brigade was a desperate one. The Confed-_ erate skirmish line" was turned completely. completely. The attacking attacking force advanced advanced to within twenty yards of the Confederate line. I( seemed a moment of victory for the Unioi) troops, but the Confederates met them liki the wall of Kenesaw itself and turned them back. A fire of fifty field pieces played npoi) Cockrell, besides the rifles of the assaulting force. [TO US CONTINUED.] _ SENATOR COCKKEIX. the *" . pre every IX short & Also, B. AID operation position, heard no more. Harker himself had fallen among the logs and brushwood, brushwood, mortally wounded. Gen. Jeff C. Davis led the advance of Gen. Palmer into the fight against Cheatham and met the same terrible fire. Davis moved forward till he was close up to the Confederates, Confederates, and hia OES. o. G. HABKEB. men managed to screen themselves somehow under the fortifications, and so their loss wal not so great as that of Newton's division. But this protected position was gained at a terrible cost. A number of valuable officer! were lost, among them CoL Harmon and C6L Daniel McCook, brigade commanders. 06L McCook belonged to the famous fighting fighting McCook family of Ohio. Just before his last charge McCook rested under shelter, ina brief pause for his brigade. While thus waiting the fine, fiery soldier repeated repeated in a voice full of enthusiasm thesd fines from Macaulay's "Horatius at th« Bridge:" Then out spoke brave Horattas, The captain oC the gate: *To every man upon fhfa earth. Death Cometh soon or late. And how can man die better Than facing fearfnl odds. For the ashes of his fathers. And the temples of bis godst" Then the charge was ordered, and McCool •went to his death. The assault at Kenesaw began at 9 in tha morning, June 27. It lasted two hours and a half and ceased. It had fafled, failed at all points. Sherman's loss was 2,500, that of Johnston 80S. It had bean the hardest fight of tha campaign, and left the two armies where they were before. 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