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[403] and invite attention to the instances of skill and gallantry shown by officers and men which they record. The troops of my division had never been engaged in any important battle, having been stationed during the war chiefly in Southwestern Virginia and East Tennessee, to defend their mountain passes from invasion. Held in reserve while the conflict raged around them for a day and a half, they manifested a noble ardor to share its dangers and its glories. Though long in service, and not aspiring to the title of veterans, I felt strong confidence in their patriotism, courage, and discipline. The hour for the trial of all these great qualities arrived; every hope was justified, and I feel assured that both officers and men won honorable and enduring renown upon the memorable field of Chickamauga.

I have the honor to remain

Your obedient servant,

W. Preston, Brigadier-General, P. A. C. S.

Tabular Statement of the Strength of Preston's Division in the Battle of Chickamauga, and the Return of the Killed, Wounded, and Missing.

command.effective strength.killed, wounded, and missing.
Sept. 19, 1863.Sept. 20, 1863.Killed.Wounded.Missing.Total.
Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men.Officers.Enlisted Men. 
Gracie's Brigade,1351,9921341,86968430578 27725
Trigg's Brigade,1191,4171081,09134318213 5282
Kelly's Brigade,11091,0378479255715223 29329
Total,3634,4463263,75214184631,014 611,336

W. Preston, Brigadier-General commanding Division.

Report of Brigadier-General N. B. Forrest, commanding cavalry.

Headquarers Forrest's cavalry command, Dalton, Georgia, October 22, 1863.
Lieutenant-Colonel George W. Brent, A. A. General Army of Tennessee:
Colonel: I have the honor to forward the following report of the operations of my command during the action at Chickamauga Creek on the nineteenth and twentieth ultimo; also a brief statement of its movements and engagements prior and subsequent to the battle of Chickamauga, accompanying it with the reports of Brigadier-General Pegram, commanding division, and Colonel J. L. Scott, commanding brigade. No report from Brigadier-General Armstrong, commanding First division of the corps, has been received. A report is also due from Brigadier-General Davidson, who commanded a brigade of General Pegram's division during the battle of Chickamauga. The reports of both officers would no doubt have been furnished but for the movements in the East Tennessee, and afterwards under General Wheeler in Middle Tennessee, which gave no time or opportunity to make them out.

On the nineteenth ultimo I was ordered to establish my headquarters at Dalton, and my command was located and disposed of as follows: Colonel Hodges' brigade was sent on the Cleveland and Dalton road to meet the enemy — then reported at Athens, Tennessee, and advancing; Colonel Scott's brigade was ordered to Ringgold, Georgia, to watch the enemy on the road from Chattanooga to that point; General Pegram was left at or near Peavine church, and Brigadier-General Armstrong's division was located in front of General Cheatham's infantry division, on the Chattanooga and Lafayette road. I retained with me at Dalton about two hundred and forty men of General Morgan's command.

The reports of General Pegram and Colonel Scott sufficiently detail their operations prior to the battle of Chickamauga, and require no further comments here.

On Thursday, seventeenth ultimo, I moved from Dalton, and on Friday morning from Ringgold to Peavine Creek, having with me Morgan's men (under Lieutenant-Colonel Martin) and my escort, and met the enemy's cavalry (Mintry's brigade) at Peavine Creek. Dismounting Lieutenant-Colonel Martin's command, and, assisted by Brigadier-General B. R. Johnson's command, the enemy were driven across the Chickamauga at Reed's Bridge, at which point I was joined by General Pegram's division. Crossing the

1 The Sixty-fifth Georgia detached on September twentieth.

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