in five divisions, and five thousand mounted troops.
On the 28th General Bragg
reported to me by telegraph: “The enemy stationary within ten miles; my troops all ready and confident.”
And on the 30th: “Artillery firing at intervals, and heavy skirmishing all (lay.
Enemy very cautious, and declining a general engagement.
Both armies in line of battle within sight.”
These lines were at right angles to the Nashville
The Federal left rested on Stone's River
The Confederate right, Breckenridge
's division, faced this left, and was separated from Polk
's corps, forming the centre, by the little river, the course of which there crossed General Bragg
's line obliquely.
's corps — constituted the left wing.
Both armies were drawn up in two lines.
The Federal, much the more numerous, had a strong reserve.
Both generals determined to attack in the morning of the 31st, and their plans of attack were similar-General Bragg
's, to advance in echelon by his left, to drive the Federal
right and centre behind their left and to the east of the Nashville
road, and seize that line of retreat; and that of Major-General Rosecrans
, to operate with his left leading, to drive the Confederate army to the west of the Murfreesboroa road, with a similar object.
's corps was in motion at dawn, and his attack made at sunrise by McCown
's division, his first line; his second, Cleburne
's division, coming up on its right and engaging the enemy soon after.
The Federal troops, surprised and assailed with the skill and vigor that Hardee
never failed to