on the left of the infantry, was then directed to approach the extreme right of the Federal
line of works, to learn how it was occupied, if at all. His brigade was received with a cannonade and fire of musketry so spirited that each of the two brigade commanders of the division of infantry supposed that all of the troops but his own were engaged, and hastily assailed the field-works before him. Both, however, were soon convinced of their error by the reception given them, and drew off, but not before they had lost some three hundred men killed and wounded.
When the three lieutenant-generals
were together in my quarters that day, as usual, Lieutenant-General Hood
suggested that we should make an attack upon the Federal
army, to commence on its left flank.
The suggestion was accepted, and the three officers were desired to be ready for battle next morning.
was instructed to draw his corps out of the line to the rear, and to march during the night around our right, and form it facing the enemy's left flank, somewhat obliquely to his line, and to assail that flank at dawn next day. Polk
were instructed to join in the battle successively, obliquely to the present formation, when the progress made on the right of each should enable him to do so.
We waited next morning for the signal agreed upon --the musketry of Hood
's corps — from the appointed time until about 10 A. M., when a message from the Lieutenant-General
was delivered to me by one of his aide-de-camps, to the effect that he had found Johnson
's division, on the Federal
left, thrown back