twelve or more miles to the south again of Gordon's Mills.
The relation of the three corps of the enemy to the position of Bragg's force, in the Cove and at Anderson's, was then as follows:
McCook was far away to the south of Lafayette, near Alpine, and Thomas to the west, well out of reach on the top of Lookout Mountain, while Crittenden, completely isolated, was to the east and north, near Ringgold and Gordon's Mills. Two of Crittenden's divisions— Vancleve and Palmer—camped at Ringgold t by Steedman's force, as it was yet near Bridgeport.
It was a mighty opportunity.
The Confederate commander turned towards McCook.
He concentrated at Fayette.
This, as was expected by many, was a fruitless effort; for McCook was far away at Alpine; and the enemy, seven miles off, who had been the cause of our march, proved to be merely a small reconnoitering force.
Then it was that the Confederate commander turned his attention to Crittenden.
But it was the twelfth, and twenty-four hours