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The Daily Dispatch: October 8, 1863., [Electronic resource] 4 0 Browse Search
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e vigorous movements of Bragg, from whom he expected only a feeble resistance. Even as late as Sunday morning, when the Confederates deployed on the west bank of the Chickamauga, he was hardly prepared for a serious attack from an army which he supposed would be only too glad to effect its escape. The great battle was fought on the west bank of the Chickamauga on Sunday, the 20th day of September. The line of battle extended east and west across the boundary line between Walker and Catoosa counties, resting here and there on the bends in the Chickamauga river, a very crooked stream, running east and northeast and emptying into the Tennessee above Chattanooga. D. H. Hill commanded on the right, Polk in the centre, and Longstreet on the left. The command of Longstreet was composed of such of the brigades of Hood's and McLaws's divisions as had come up, and Hindman's, Preston's, Stewart's, and Bushrod Johnson's divisions of the army of Tennessee. The three last constituting the co
of the town gives the former a full view of our position, and therefore there can be no impropriety in stating them here. Reverting to the battle, I am told by citizens of the country, who are familiar with the boundaries of Walker and Catoosa counties, that nearly the whole of the battle occurred in Catoosa county, about eight miles due west from Ringgold, and about the same distance due south from Chattanooga. It was some four miles below the Tennessee line, and on the west side of and Catoosa county, about eight miles due west from Ringgold, and about the same distance due south from Chattanooga. It was some four miles below the Tennessee line, and on the west side of and near to the Chickamauga, which is spelt indifferently with or without a "k." Our line ran northeast and southwest at the commencement of the struggle on Saturday; but, as our left swung round, pushing the enemy before it, its direction became east and west, extending across the valley from the Chickamauga to the foot of Missionary Ridge. The enemy retreated down the valley, crossing the ridge through the pass at Rossville, the former home of John Ross, the Indian Chief, and thence to Chattanoog