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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of Chickamauga-letter from Captain W. N. Polk. (search)
gold, and would have effectually imprisoned the Federal army in McLemore's cove, barred its communication with Chattanooga, and placed it in the power of the Confederate General. This movement, which might have been executed on the night of the 17th of September and morning of the 18th, was unquestionably that upon which General Bragg had determined. In making it, however, the crossing was effected at points too near Lee and Gordon's mills — the enemy's left. By nightfall of the 18th of September General Bragg had placed Hood's and Walker's commands, with Forrest's cavalry, to the west of the creek, covering the bridges and fords by which he intended to cross the remainder of the army on the following day. Forrest was at Alexander's bridge, Walker half a mile in front of him, Hood in front of Tedford's ford, about nine hundred yards east of the Chattanooga road, while Buckner held Byron's and Thedford's fords. Polk and Hill were opposite Lee and Gordon's and Glass's mills,
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 10. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), General Kirby Smith's campaign in Kentucky. (search)
ies, from General Pegram, who, although without official reports, was necessarily, from his position, obliged to keep well informed. For fear of exaggeration I have rather reduced his estimates, as I now recall them: 1862.    August 13,General Kirby Smith's column6,000  August 14,General Heth's division3,000  August 25,General Reynold's brigade3,000  September 6,General Bragg's army23,000  September 7,Colonel Grace's regiment600  September 12,General Marshall's brigade4,000  September 18,General Stevenson's division10,000  September 28,Colonel Hilliard's legion2,000  October 1,General McCown with convalescents returning to their commands1,600    53,200 Deduct for loss in killed and wounded at Richmond500  Deduct for loss in killed and wounded at Perryville2,500  Deduct for loss For sickness, &c., &c. (large estimate)2,000    5,000 And it will be seen that there was something more than forty-eight thousand infantry ready for battle when General Brag