ting with his left.
I disposed of my brigade as directed.
Baird's line appeared to run parallel with the road, and mine running to the rear crossed the road.
On this road and near it I posted my artillery, and advanced my skirmishers to the edge of the open field in front of the left and center of my line.
The position was a good one, and my brigade and the one on Baird's left could have co-operated and assisted each other in maintaining it. Fifteen minutes after this line was formed, Captain Gaw, of General Thomas' staff, brought me a verbal order to advance my line to a ridge or low hill (McDaniel's house), fully onefourth of a mile distant.
I represented to him that in advancing I would necessarily leave a long interval between my right and Baird's left, and also that I was already in the position which General Thomas himself told me to occupy.
He replied that the order to move forward was imperative, and that I was to be supported by Negley with the other two brigades of his