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The Battle of Ezra Church - Plaque 5 - The Confederate Attack (con't)

Location: At the east end of Mozley Park, on Martin Luther King Dr, Atlanta, GA.
County: Fulton
Coordinates: N 33° 45.202    W 084° 26.211
  33.753367    -84.436850
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM7KP5
The Battle of Ezra Church - Plaque 5 - The Confederate Attack (con't) Marker  


Dense woods screened the extent of the Union line until revealed by storms of musketry which swept Brown´s ranks, in front and on the right where Williams´ fire enfiladed Johnston´s exposed flank. On the left, Brantly pierced Lightburn´s line but was beaten off with heavy loss. In the center, oblique fire from Martin´s line decimated Sharp´s regiment, forcing them to retire. On the right, Johnston was wounded. His brigade was unable to advance beyond the first ridge until Manigault´s brigade joined it. Together, they assaulted Martin´s line, only to be forced back by devastating cross fires. After desperate fighting, Brown reformed under fire for a second attack. Again beaten back, he withdrew his shattered division to the first ridge where he remained until relieved by Walthall´s division shortly after 2:30 P.M. Ten minutes after Brown advanced, Gibson had forme his brigade and was with Clayton, conferring with Holtzclaw, who was deploying. Sudden firing brought Gibson galloping back to find that his brigade had been ordered forward by a staff officer. Unsupported, it struck Harrow´s salient and suffered a costly repulse. Baker was ordered forward and two brigades made repeated attacks on the salient, losing "one-half of their original numbers." Holtzclaw was moved to the left in reserve and was not engaged. Although Stewart had been sent to follow up Lee´s "success", he found Lee in desperate straits. Holding Loring in reserve, he ordered Walthall to deploy with Reynolds´ brigade on the right, Cantey´s (O´Neal´s) on the left, and Quarly´ in Reserve. About 2:30 P.M., they advanced over ground strewn with Brown´s wounded and dead. Learning the extent of the enemy´s line, Walthall ordered Quarly to form on O´Neal´s left, but still he was overlapped. After Walthall had lost "over one-third" of his men in vain attempts which "double the force could not have accomplished" Stewart ordered Loring to relieve him; but before Loring could move, both he and Stewart where wounded, leaving Walthall in command. Knowing the futility of further attacks, Walthall ordered Loring´s division to remain in place and withdrew his own to join it. The Army of Tennessee had suffered its third costly defeat under Hood´s command. Logan had repulsed "six successive charges", losing 562 men. Blair and Dodge, who had sent ten regiments to replace men "whose guns had become so heated a to be useless", lost 45, Hood´s estimated loss was 4,632, almost a third of his force.

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Battle Summary: Ezra Church CWSAC

Battle of Ezra Church - Wikipedia