nd fought the advance of Beauregard's army, that he was advancing on us. General Sherman said it could not be possible, Beauregard was not such a fool as to leave his base of operations and attack us in ours—mere reconnoissance in force.
General Bragg's official report shows that this reconnoitering party was really pushed up to the immediate vicinity of three corps of the Confederate army.
Of the movement from Monterey to the battle-field, Bragg says:
Moving from there, the command Bragg says:
Moving from there, the command bivouacked for the night near the Meckey House, immediately in rear of Major-General Hardee's corps, Major-General Polk's being just in our rear * * * A reconnoissance in some force from the enemy made its appearance during the evening in front of General Hardee's corps, and was promptly driven back.
The following extracts from various official reports of the battle, bear pointedly upon the question of a surprise.
General John McArthur, commanding Second Division, says:
We had been in