e Third Brigade, and other officers, visited the picket line with me during the day. It was well understood all that day and night throughout Sherman's division, that there was a large rebel force immediately in our front.
I consulted with Colonels Cockrell and Sullivan as to the proper measures to prevent a surprise.
The pickets were strengthened, and Colonel Cockrell sent two companies of the Seventieth Ohio to take a position where they could best support the pickets in case of an attack.
Colonel Cockrell sent two companies of the Seventieth Ohio to take a position where they could best support the pickets in case of an attack.
I also established a line of sentinels from my camp to the reserve of the pickets.
Every officer in my brigade was fully aware of the danger, and such precautions were taken that a surprise was impossible. * * *
Concerning the same reconnoissance, Major Ricker wrote as follows:
* * * When we got back to the picket lines we found General Sherman there with infantry and artillery in line of battle, caused by the heavy firing of the enemy on us. General Sherman asked me what was up. I to