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[234] This left me with but one division (Sheridan's) and the cavalry, (which had not yet been heard from,) to take care of the right.

Learning from an aid-de-camp of General Wood, that General Wood's troops had been withdrawn from Gordon's Mills, and appreciating the great importance of that point, General Sheridan's division was at once ordered to take position there, and arrived just in time to prevent the enemy from crossing. Subsequently an order reached me from the General Commanding, to hold the position at Gordon's Mills.

At three P. M., I received an order to send two brigades of Sheridan's division, to the Widow Glenn's house, leaving the First brigade (General Lytle) at Gordon's Mills; also directing me, should the right be secure, to go forward in person and take command of the troops of the corps already engaged. General Mitchell reporting with his cavalry, I was enabled to obey this order at once, arriving upon the field at the close of the engagement of the nineteenth.

On the nineteenth General Johnson's division fought near the extreme left of the line. It fought gloriously, driving the enemy for more than a mile, capturing seven of the enemy's guns and a large number of prisoners.

General Davis's division fought on the right of Widow Glenn's house, against vastly superior numbers, maintaining the conflict gallantly until near nightfall, when it was relieved by Bradley's brigade of Sheridan's division, which was hastily thrown forward and gallantly drove the enemy from the open ground and across the Chattanooga and La Fayette road, after a sanguinary engagement, recapturing the Eighth Indiana battery, which had been previously taken by the enemy, and capturing also a large number of prisoners belonging to Hood's division of Longstreet's corps. Darkness coming on, the battle closed.

At midnight on the night of September nineteenth, I received the following order:

headquarters Department of the Cumberland, Widow Glenn's, September 19, 11.45 A. M.
Major-General McCook, Commanding the Twentieth Army Corps:
The General Commanding directs you, as soon as practicable, after the receipt of this order, to post your command so as to form the right of the new battle-front, and hold the same. Leave your outposts and grand-guard where they now are till they are driven in by the enemy, when they will fall back upon the main body of your command, contesting the ground inch by inch.

Very respectfully,

J. A. Garfield, Chief of Staff.

The date of this order should read forty-five minutes past eleven P. M.

This order was strictly complied with. Lytle's brigade, of Sheridan's division, was posted in the strong position in the rear of Glenn's house. Sheridan's other two brigades were posted on very strong ground to the right and rear of this position. Davis's division, consisting of two small brigades, was posted to the left and rear of this position, in reserve, his left resting on the right of Crittenden's corps. These movements were completed by daylight on the twentieth, when the General Commanding visited my position in person. Johnson's division was still retained near the extreme left of the line and not under my immediate orders.

At six A. M. Colonel Wilder, commanding a brigade of mounted infantry, reported in person to me, stating he had, with his troops, been ordered to join my command, and receive orders from me; also stating that he had two regiments, armed with the Spencer rifles, posted in the woods, on the right of Negley's position, which was to the left and front of General Lytle's The remainder of Wilder's command, with his artillery, was posted on strong ground immediately to Sheridan's right.

At about seven A. M., the following was received:

headquarters Department of the Cumberland, September 20--6.35 A. M.
Major-General NcCook, Commanding Twentieth Army Corps:
General Negley's division has been ordered to General Thomas's left. The General Commanding directs you to fill the space left vacant by his removal, if practicable. The enemy appears to be moving toward our left.

Very respectfully,

J. A. Garfield, Chief of Staff.

Immediately on the receipt of this order, Major-General Sheridan and myself rode to the position evacuated by General Negley. We found nearly all this space already occupied by General Wood's division. He informed me that his left rested upon General Brannan's right, and that his orders were to close up on General Brannan.

Discovering that a portion of the rude barricades on Wood's right were not occupied by our troops, I ordered General Sheridan to bring forward one of his brigades to fill up the space between Wood's left and Wilder. On turning from this position I met General Davis's division marching toward and about one hundred yards from the vacant barricade on Wood's right; he informed me that he had been ordered there by General Rosecrans. Seeing his position, and knowing the advantage of occupying the barricades at once, I directed him to place one brigade there, holding the other in reserve. On the arrival of the brigade from Sheridan's division, it was posted in column on Davis's right and rear, as his support. Davis's instructions were to keep well closed up to the left. These dispositions being just completed, the following order was received:

headquarters army of the Cumberland, in the field, September 20-10.10 A. M.
Major-General McCook, Commanding Twentieth Army Corps:
General Thomas is being heavily pressed on the left. The General Commanding directs you to make immediate dispositions to withdraw the right, so as to spare as much force as possible to reeinforce Thomas. The left must be held at all

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