Wednesday, June 29, 1864

NEAR KENESAW, June 29, 1864

Major- General HALLECK, Washington, D. C.:

Our loss on the 27th will not exceed 1,500. As usual, the first reports were overstated. General Harker is dead. The wounded are doing well and most are already sent to the rear in cars. Some few of the dead and wounded were left in the enemy’s hands close to his parapet. I am accumulating stores that will enable me to cut loose from the railroad for a time and avoid the Kenesaw Hill, which gives the enemy too much advantage. I will aim to get to the railroad below Marietta by a circuit or actually reach the Chattahoochee. Our right flank is now on the Sandtown road below Olley’s Creek.

W. T. SHERMAN, Major- General, Commanding

Today, I will visit the extreme left of McPherson’s line. Thomas will go to view the extreme right. Our next move will be by Johnston’s flank. General Davis’ division still holds a position right in front of the rebel works where McCook was wounded. They have fortified the position and are digging saps to the lines of the enemy. The enemy appears to be fortifying his works.

Having seen the extreme left, I am convinced of the success of a flanking movement on our right. Before I make the move contemplated I will want General Schofield to drive the enemy on the Sandtown road well down the peninsula between Nickajack and Sweet Water. I want to pull McPherson out of his defenses and Thomas to group his command so as to cover the space from General McPherson to and including the Powder Springs road!

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