advance reached our troops, who were expecting it, the stirring Confederate yell arose and swelled to a full chorus along the whole line as our men rushed to the charge.
General Thomas had probably drawn a large portion of his force to support his extreme left, in order to prevent our driving him back there and cutting him off from Chattanooga—leaving a weaker force to hold the position behind the works, whose strength he had seen tested earlier in the day. Whether the determination of Gereral Polk to attack the works in front of Cleburne was based upon this supposition I know not, but it proved a fortunate decision for us. As our troops advanced they encountered the heavy force on Thomas's extreme left, and our right was roughly handled.
But by this time Lucius Polk had broken through the line of works, and as the Federal line found itself attacked, right and left, in flank, as our troops passed through this opening, they broke from the line and fled precipitately.