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Series 1 Volume XXXVIII; Part 3

Official Report Number 684

Report of Maj. Gen. William W. Loring, C. S. Army, commanding Army of Mississippi, of operations June 27.
Headquarters Army of Mississippi
June 30, 1864.

General: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Army of Mississippi in the engagement at Kenesaw Mountain on the 27th of June, 1864, while under my command:

The line of this command ran along the summit and down the eastern slope two miles, and extended a mile farther to the right on a ridge running due east. About 10 a. m. it was discovered that the enemy was moving in heavy columns toward our position evidently contemplating a combined attack along our whole line. Three corps moved rapidly toward my position, and for some time were exposed to a heavy and destructive fire from all our artillery posted on the mountain. They soon came within range of our musketry, Logan´s corps attacking the position held by French´s division, Dodge that held by Walthall, and Blair that held by Loring´s division, commanded by General Featherston. He attack upon the two slopes of the mountain was made with great vigor and was met with determined and deadly resistance. The batteries of Featherston, posted on the east of the mountain, which up to this time had been masked, now opened furiously upon the enemy at short range, in conjunction with the galling fire kept up by the sharpshooters, caused him to reel and fall back in confusion, leaving many of his dead on the field. In less than two hours the enemy was repulsed with great slaughter along the entire front, and retreated in confusion, leaving a number of prisoners and many dead and wounded on the field. Yankee reports estimate their loss in our front between 2,500 and 3,000 in killed, wounded, and missing, which is a low estimate.

Herewith I inclose the report of the gallant division commanders who contributed by their courage and ability in inflicting upon the enemy so disastrous a defeat.

The officers and men of the command acted on this occasion as they have done throughout this terrible campaign, as brave men, and it is gratifying to know that the best troops in the Yankee army were selected to make this attack, and were beaten by them with but small loss to our command.

I have the honor to be, most respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. Loring,
Major-General, Commanding Army of Mississippi.
Brig. Gen W. W. Mackall,
Chief of staff.
Consolidated return of the losses in the Army of Mississippi on June 27, 1864, in front of Marietta, Ga.
  Officers Men Officers Men Officers Men
Loring´s Division
-- 8 2 11 -- 1
French´s Division
-- 17 -- 92 -- 77
Walthall´s Division
1 5 -- 22 -- --
1 30 2 125 -- 78


Title: The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies.
Series 1Volume XXXVIII; Part 3 - Reports - Confederate; Page 869 - 870
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