the destruction of Rosecrans' great wagon train
The Confederate cavalry was an important factor in Bragg
's defeat of Rosecrans
' army at Chickamauga
was in full command on the right, while Wheeler
, six miles away, covered the Confederate
had placed them thus wide apart for the reason that Forrest
had flatly refused to serve under his chief of cavalry.
's disastrous assault on Fort Donelson
, February 3, 1863, where Forrest
had two horses shot under him, and his command lost heavily, he bluntly told his superior in rank he would never serve under him again, and he never did.
The records of these two days of slaughter at Chickamauga
— for twenty-six per cent. of all engaged were either killed or wounded — show how these great soldiers acquitted themselves.
's guns fired the first and last shots on this bloody field.
It was Wheeler
's vigilance and courage which checked every move and defeated every advance on the Federal
right, and finally in his last great charge on Sunday, pursued the scattered legions of McCook
through the cedar brakes and blackjack thickets in their wild flight toward Chattanooga
And it was this alert soldier who on Monday, September 21st, in the Chattanooga valley
, five miles from the field of battle, made an additional capture of a train of ninety wagons and some four hundred prisoners. The success of his operations at Chickamauga
may be judged from his official report: