rifle-pits, and covered in front by a double line of abatis, and of an advanced line of rifle-pits.
The crest was about three thousand yards long.
Both flanks rested on Apalachie river, on the marsh.
No part of the line was exposed to enfilade fire.
The garrison was the noble brigade of Missourians, Elisha Gates commanding, the survivors of more than twenty battles, and the finest troops I have ever seen; the Alabama boy-reserve brigade under General Thomas, part of Holtzelaw's brigade, Barry's Mississippi brigade, the First Mississippi light artillery armed as infantry, several light batteries with about thirty-five pieces of field and siege artillery, besides Cohorn and siege mortars.
The whole effective force was about 2,700 men under General St. John Liddell.
The gallant General Cockrell of Missouri was next in command.
During Sunday, the day after the evacuation of Spanish Fort, the enemy was continually moving troops from below towards Blakely, and Sunday evening about