, four miles south of Chattanooga
and six or eight north of Gordon's mill.
's division watched Owen's ford, a mile or so to our right, where another and inferior road over Pigeon mountain
crossed the creek near Crawfish spring
; while Sherman
's and Jeff. C. Davis
's divisions of McCook
's corps were posted intermediately on the right of, but far nearer, our main line, holding the road which, striking off from the main Lafayette road a little north of Gordon's mill, keeps straight up the cove on the west side of the Chickamauga
, with his reserved corp, was posted two or three miles in the rear of our left, covering all the roads leading from the east and south-east into Rossville
, and thus to Chattanooga
had been deceived, and was taken at disadvantage, as many a good General had been before him. Instead of being warned, as he should have been, by Meade
, had their spies been worth a rush, that a heavy corps had been detached from Lee
's army and, probably sent against him, he had very recently received advices of an opposite tenor.1
, commanding our cavalry on the left, had been scouting nearly to Dalton
, and had had several smart skirmishes2
with the enemy's horse near that place, Ringgold
, Lett's, and Rockspring church.
As he still held the left, after our concentration, being thrown across the Lafayette
road, he was here attacked3
in force, and compelled to give ground; showing that Bragg
was massing heavily on his right, and crossing the Chickamauga
below (north of) Gordon's mill.
was by this time aware that the matter threatened to be serious.
The stubborn attack on Minty
evinced a disposition to turn his left and cut him off from Rossville
, and any practicable line of retreat.
The bulk of his army was too far up the valley for effective resistance to such a demonstration.
The next day,4
therefore, was devoted by him to concentrating his force more compactly, and farther to the left; Bragg
(whose reenforcements from Virginia
were just coming up from Dalton
, where they had debarked from the cars), contenting himself with a fresh attack by Walker
's division on Minty
's and on Wilder
's horsemen at Alexander
's bridge, which was carried, but burned; our left being now fairly driven in to the Rossville
road: though heavy clouds of dust were raised in front of our right also.
All the fords for miles below Gordon's mill were now in the hands of the enemy, who were firmly established across the creek.
By night, Bragg
was ready for the onset — a division of longstreet's men, under Hood
, being in position on his extreme right; though