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sary that we should gain possession of Doctor's Creek in order to relieve their distress. Consequently General Gilbert, during the night, directed me to push beyond Doctor's Creek early the next morning. At daylight on the 8th I moved out Colonel Dan McCook's brigade and Barnett's battery for the purpose, but after we had crossed the creek with some slight skirmishing, I found that we could not hold the ground unless we carried and occupied a range of hills, called Chaplin Heights, in front of Chaplin River. As this would project my command in the direction of Perryville considerably beyond the troops that were on either flank, I brought up Laiboldt's brigade and Hescock's battery to strengthen Colonel McCook. Putting both brigades into line we quickly carried the Heights, much to the surprise of the enemy, I think, for he did not hold on to the valuable ground as strongly as he should have done. This success not only ensured us a good supply of water, but Thirty-Sixth brigade: Co
ral Sill, Colonel Frederick Schaefer and Colonel Dan McCook; but a few days later Colonel George W. the garrison at Nashville, was substituted for McCook's. General Sill was a classmate of mine atarmy in the field. His brigade relieved Colonel Dan McCook's, the latter reluctantly joining the ga the army, had assigned Major-General A. McD. McCook to command the right wing, MajorGeneral GeorgeMajor-General T. L. Crittenden the left wing. McCook's wing was made up of three divisions, command Murfreesboroa pike, through Lavergne, and General McCook by the Nolensville pike-Davis's division in advance. As McCook's command neared Nolensville, I received a message from Davis informing me thallenly resisted the progress of Crittenden and McCook throughout the preceding three days, and as itn the morning of the 30th I had the advance of McCook's corps on the Wilkinson pike, Roberts's brigathem about half a mile, when I was directed by McCook to form line of battle and place my artillery
probabilities of such a course on the part of the enemy, I thought McCook should be made acquainted with what was going on, so Sill and I wenmy ground as long as possible, and until, under directions from General McCook, I moved to the front from my left flank and attached myself toeneral Sheridan, commanding the third and remaining division of General McCook's corps. The enemy's right was strongly posted on a ridge of red and wounded-but few missing. When we came into the open ground, McCook directed Roberts's brigade-now commanded by Colonel Luther P. Bradl Seventythird and Eighty-eighth Illinois had already been placed by McCook. The day had cost me much anxiety and sadness, and I was sorely dision. Late in the evening General Rosecrans, accompanied by General McCook, and several other officers whose names I am now unable to reca; and notwithstanding the fact that on the afternoon of December 30 McCook received information that the right of Johnson's division resting n
nomenclature was a decided improvement over the clumsy designations Right Wing, Centre, and Left Wing, which were well calculated to lead to confusion sometimes. McCook's wing became the Twentieth Corps, and my division continued of the same organization, and held the same number as formerly — the Third Division, Twentieth Corps. Mountains-decided to turn that place; consequently, he directed the mass of the Union army on the enemy's right flank, about Manchester. On the 26th of June McCook's corps advanced toward Liberty Gap, my division MIDDLE Tennessee or Tullahoma campaign, June 24 to July 5, 1863. Third division: (Twentieth Corps Army of thevillage to Boiling Fork, a small stream about half a mile beyond. Here the fleeing pickets, rallying behind a stronger force, made a stand, and I was directed by McCook to delay till I ascertained if Davis's division, which was to support me, had made the crossing of Elk River, and until I could open up communication with Branna
mands, and by nearly all the transportation of McCook's corps. After getting to the south side ossee River I was ordered to Valley Head, where McCook's corps was to concentrate. On the 4th of Sep, they had been notified by direct orders from McCook, and were moving out at a double-quick toward t it was fated to be otherwise. Rosecrans, McCook, and Crittenden passed out of the battle when ore or less isolation of the different corps. McCook's corps of three divisions had crossed two dif the army were not in conjunction, and between McCook and Thomas there intervened a positive and aggn before receiving his reinforcements, turn on McCook in Broomtown Valley and destroy him. Intelarly as the 10th of September, and on the 11th McCook found that he could not communicate with Thomallow. Had the different corps, beginning with McCook's, been drawn in toward Chattanooga between thga, but, as has been seen, this was not done. McCook was almost constantly on the march day and nig[6 more...]
ing train of wagons took longer to make the trip from Bridgeport, and the draft mules were dying by the hundreds. The artillery horses would soon go too, and there was every prospect that later the troops would starve unless something could be done. Luckily for my division, a company of the Second Kentucky Cavalry had attached itself to my headquarters, and, though there without authority, had been left undisturbed in view of a coming reorganization of the army incidental to the removal of McCook and Crittenden from the command of their respective corps, a measure that had been determined upon immediately after the battle of Chickamauga. Desiring to remain with me, Captain Lowell H. Thickstun, commanding this company, was ready for any duty I might find for him, so I ordered him into the Sequatchie Valley for the purpose of collecting supplies for my troops, and sent my scout Card along to guide him to the best locations. The company hid itself away in a deep cove in the upper end