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20,000 Confederate troops advance against the Union lines, concentrating their assault on the strongest section of the defenses. Two Union brigades of Wagner's 2nd Division, IV Corps, stationed in advance of the main lines, are overwhelmed by the advancing rebels and retreat in disorder, spreading panic in the defending Union lines and allowing the Confederates to pass through the fortifications with them resulting in a serious breach. ' Opdycke's brigade charges forward to plug the gap, saving the day for the Federals.
The 4th Division, XV Corps, reported only minor corduroying of roads up to the Ocmulgee crossing - just 50 yards between McDonough and Jackson and 50 yards between Jackson and the Ocmulgee - but extensive corduroying afterwards as the rains turned the roads to mud. From the Ocmulgee to Monticello, 500 yards of corduroying; from Monticello to Hillsborough, 1,500 yards; from 39 ABOVE President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis would be criticized for his decision to replace Johnston with Hood at the head of the Army of Tennessee, but he understood fully the importance of holding Atlanta and wanted a fighting general to defend the city.
9. Schofield's force arrives at Franklin in the early hours of November 30. It immediately sets to work improving the fortifications in front of the town, and places 12 guns in Fort Granger. 00pm, two corps of Hood's army (Stewart's and Cheatham's) arrive at Winstead Hill. Hood orders afrontal assault and the Confederate forces line up on the ground to the right and in front of Winstead Hill. 00pm,. 20,000 Confederate troops advance against the Union lines, concentrating their assault on the strongest section of the defenses.