August 20, 1864: Cavalry and rail on both sides

General Haupt train

Wheeler’s cavalry are north of Atlanta trying to destroy Sherman’s supply line; they tore up the rails near Dalton, but they’re already repaired. Meanwhile Kilpatrick’s cavalry are tearing up the Macon railroad that constitutes Hood’s last supply line, and this seems to be successful at least for now.

NEAR ATLANTA, GA., August 20, 1864-7 p.m. (Received 11 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Washington, D. C.:
General Kilpatrick is out yet, and I infer has broken the Macon road, because three trains of cars left Atlanta and returned, backing the trains. Our infantry to-day was on the West Point road at Red Oak, five miles below East Point. General Lightburn was struck in the head last evening by a sharpshooter, very much as General Dodge, but will get well. We have kept up brisk skirmishing all day. Our road is now repaired and in good order. Wheeler is above the Hiwassee.


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