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Hoping the reader will bear these general geographical outlines in his memory, I pass on to a resume of the Operations Preceding the battle of Chickamauga. The Federal army consisted of four corps--Thomas's, Crittenden's, McCook's, and Granger's — the whole numbering about 75,000 men, exclusive of Stanley's cavalry corps, estimated at 15,000, making 90,000 in all. Crittenden's corps having taken position immediately beyond the heights which overlook the Tennessee river opposite Chattanooga, the main body of the enemy, consisting of Thomas's and McCook's corps, (Granger's being held in reserve,) crossed the river on the 1st of September at Caperton's Ferry, and moved across Sand Mountain into Wills's Valley, in the direction of Rome, thus placing themselves on our left flank, the range of Lookout Mountain, varying from 1,500 to 2,000 feet in height, intervening. This movement rendered it necessary for Gen. Bragg to retire from Chattanooga and move his forces in the dir