A Battle Two Miles West of Atlanta


A Battle Two Miles West of Atlanta



July 30, 1864


Recto: no text.
Verso: "Two miles west of Atlanta // July 29th 1864 // Yesterday at about halfpast 10 in the forenoon, a Lt. of the 15th Corp signal officer reported to Gen. Logan that a large mass of infantry were coming from Atlanta towards the south, very likely to flank us - we had just time enough to build rude breastworks with rails and sticks &c without a single shovelful of earth - It was about 12 o'clock - the enemy rushed with their habitual impetuosity & were repulsed. They made in that afternoon nine different charges! & nine times repulsed with great cost and the day was unusually hot - They had, by the request of a Lieut who deserted to our line, four Genls wounded, Brown, Stevenson, Loring & Gibson [...] of them mortally - their losses in killed alone is about 1000 - we [...] not over 100 persons. Our losses - In the 15th corps which alone bore the brunt of the rebels assaults - the losses in killed, wounded and missing [...] up to 537; in the 17th corps which was but very slightly engaged, the loss not above 20 - few prisoners were taken by the rebs // [signed] J.F.E. Hillen."


Bad loss of paper on lower and right margins; ripping on left and right corners .


graphite, brown ink, and brown wash on wove paper


19.25 x 10 in.


Ink drawings--American--1860-1870


33.7489954, -84.3879824


Original drawing location: CW-JH-GA-7/30/64 (Box 4.)



Ref. Number



Hillen, John Francis Edward, 1819-1865, “A Battle Two Miles West of Atlanta,” The Becker Collection, accessed September 19, 2021, https://beckercollection.bc.edu/items/show/2198.