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Official Report Number 617



 
 
Report of Lieut. Thomas L. Flynt, Sixth Texas Infantry, commanding Sixth Texas Infantry and Fifteenth Texas Cavalry (dismounted), of operations July 20 - 22.
 
HDQRS. SIXTH AND FIFTEENTH TEXAS REGIMENTS,
Near Atlanta., July 29, 1864.
 

LIEUTENANT: In accordance with instructions from brigade head- quarters, dated this day, I have the honor to furnish the following report of the part taken by this regiment in the different actions of 20th, 21st, and 22d of July:


In the evening of the 20th we moved from our works and advanced about half a mile, where we were held in reserve in rear of Cheat- hams division. We remained in this position, where we suffered severely from the enemy´s fire of shell and grape, until dark. The loss of the regiment during the day was in killed, 2; wounded, Th. At dark we moved on the Peach Tree Creek road through Atlanta, and advanced about two miles on the Augusta railroad, where we were placed in position a little before daylight on the right of the railroad.


On the morning of the 21st the enemy opened a destructive enfilading fire of grape, shell, and shrapnel, which was continued at irregular intervals throughout the day. Before our defenses were completed the enemy advanced upon us with at least four lines of battle, driving in our skirmishers, but the charge was signally repulsed. The loss of the enemy in this charge was necessarily heavy, but cannot be accurately estimated. Our loss on this day was 6 killed, 18 wounded, and 6 captured. The latter were from the skirmish line.


On the morning of the 22d, about 10 o´clock, having marched the greater part of the previous night, we were formed in line and commenced the advance. After moving forward about a mile and a half through a dense wood, which caused considerable maneuvering to keep in line with the corps, we found the enemy and moved on him immediately. Owing to the noise and confusion attendant under such circumstances, and the confounding of orders passed down the line from the left, the Sixth and Fifteenth Texas became cut off from the balance of the brigade. At this time, also, it became evident that our support on the right did not come up; the enemy perceiving which immediately flanked us, and we were compelled to fall back. The regiment not having succeeded in rejoining the remainder of the brigade joined with Govan´s brigade and participated in the second charge with that brigade. The regiment assisted in that charge in capturing quite a number of prisoners, several pieces of artillery, and 2 stand of colors. The regiment then, in obedience to orders, fell back to the first line of intrenchments and rejoined the brigade. About 5 o´clock another charge was made upon the enemy, in which about half the regiment reached the enemy´s works, where they fought with bayonets and clubbed muskets; but the enemy being in strong force and offering stubborn resistance, we were finally compelled to fall back. The losses on the 22d were in killed, 5; wounded, 24; missing, 15.


On the 20th Capt. B. R. Tyns, acting lieutenant-colonel, was wounded. On the 21st Capt. Rhoads Fisher, commanding regiment, was wounded in hip. Capt. M. M. Houston assumed command, and in about ten minutes was himself wounded in the head. Capt. S. E. Rice, commanding regiment on the 22d, was either killed or captured in the second charge. The command of the regiment then devolved upon the undersigned. The officers and men of the regiment acted well and gallantly, even when compelled to fall back under heavy fire to prevent flanking by the enemy.


 
T. L. FLYNT,
First Lient, Comdg. Sixth and Fifteenth Texas Regt.
 
Lient. S. G. SNEED
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Smiths Brigade.
 

 

 
Title: The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.
Series 1Volume XXXVIII; Part 3 - Reports; Page 748-749
Chapter:L - The Atlanta, Ga., Campaign. May 1-September 8, 1864.
Author: United States. War Dept., John Sheldon Moody, Calvin Duvall Cowles, Frederick Caryton Ainsworth, Robert N. Scott, Henry Martyn Lazelle, George Breckenridge Davis, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph William Kirkley
Published: Washington: Government Printing Office
Date: 1891