, chief of artillery
, had pointed out to me what he thought a weak point near General Polk
's right, a space of a hundred and fifty or two hundred yards, which, in his opinion, might be enfiladed by artillery placed on a hill more than a mile off, beyond the front of our right-so far, it seemed to me, as to make the danger trifling.
Still, he was requested to instruct the officer commanding there to guard against such a chance by the construction of traverses, and to impress upon him that no attack of infantry could be combined with a fire of distant artillery, and that his infantry might safely occupy some ravines immediately in rear of this position during any such fire of artillery.
The Federal artillery commenced firing upon Hood
's and Polk
's troops soon after they were formed, and continued the cannonade until night.
On reaching my tent soon after dark, I found in it an invitation to meet the Lieutenant-Generals
at General Polk
was with him, but not General Hardee
The two officers, General Hood
taking the lead,1
expressed the opinion