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early in the action by the skirmishers of Cleburne's division as it advanced. The spot where he fell is marked on the map, and it is some half a mile directly in rear of the centre of the Seventeenth corps.
And General W. E. Strong, McPherson's Inspector-General, in a paper read by him, and incorporated in the same proceedings, vouches for the correctness of this map and says (page 118) :
" The attack on our flank and rear was made by the whole of General Hardee's corps, comprised of Bate's, Walker's, Cleburne's and Cheatham's divisions. (The latter division was on this occa- sion under the command of General Maney). The divisions of Bate and Walker falling upon Dodge's column*, and the divisions of Cleburne and Cheatham striking the left flank of the Seventeenth corps, and swinging around through a wide interval or gap, and reaching the extreme right of the Seventeenth corps, and occupying the breastworks constructed by Generals Leggatt and Smith"in their advance on "Bald Hill," and as far to the right of it as General Leggatt's command extended."
Captain G. A. Williams, then Adjutant-General of Govan's bri- gade of Cleburne's division, now of New Orleans, Louisiana, in reference to a part of the movements and operations of that bri- gade on the 22d July, says, under date of March 14th, 1880 :
"Our left wing found heavy earthworks covered by an almost impassable abatis, what seemed a curtain thrown back to protect the enemy's extreme left a precaution taken before our attack could have been known. While the Second and Fifth Arkansas regiments were engaged in the abatis, the right of the brigade, not finding such obstacles, took the works in flank and rear, and cap- tured a considerable number of the troops defending them. They also rescued Lieutenant Saurie (Second Arkansas), who had fear- lessly and almost alone made his way through the abatis, mounted
the works and demanded their' surrender We now
appeared to have completely turned the enemy's left. Having dis- lodged him from our immediate front, General Govan reformed his line at the captured works and moved foward, then wheeled to the feft upward through an open field, taking in rear the works con- fronting Atlanta, and occupying them for nearly half a mile. In this movement the right of the command was detached, having considerable interval between it and the remainder. In this pc sition it remained during the most of the night, which I remember as one of the most trying in my experience as a soldier. The trenches which we held were continuously swept by the small arms and artillery of the enemy on their extension to the right; and at one locality the opposing forces occupied the opposite sides of the same works, across which an uninterrupted struggle was main- tained."