Two brigades of Preston's division, all of Breckenridge's and Hindman's, being eight brigades, forming an aggregate of 13,142 strong, were unengaged on the 19th.
As to the enemy's force engaged on that day, Rosecrans, in his official report of the battle, says, “The reserve corps covered the approaches from the Chickamauga towards Rossville, and the extension of our left, and the fact, that at the close of day, we had present but two brigades which had not been opportunely and squarely in action, opposed to superior numbers of the enemy, assured us that we were greatly outnumbered, and that the battle of the next day must be for the safety of the army, and the possession of Chatanooga.”
Crittenden, in the official report of the part taken by the corps under him, attests, “the enemy appeared to have troops enough to fight us everywhere, and to fill up every interval.”
This was generous and effective testimony to the intrepidity of the Confederate soldiers and the skill of their commanders.
At the close of the day, General Polk gave orders for the adjustment of his line, and directed his headquarters to be established at Alexander's bridge, about 1,200 yards in rear of his line, as the bridge was well-known and accessible from all parts of the field.
About 9 P. M. he rode to army headquarters to report the operarations of the command under him during the day.
After the report was made, a conversation ensued between General Bragg and himself on the disposition of the various commands for the morrow.
General Bragg announced that the army would be divided into two wings, the right wing to be under General Polk and the left wing to be under General Longstreet.
The distribution completed, verbal instructions were given General Polk to open the attack at daylight by the division (Breckenridge's)
|Right wing, Lieutenant-General Polk:|
|Total infantry and artillery||21,688|
|Confederate left wing, Major-General Hood:|
|Laws's division about||3,000|
|Total infantry and artillery||8,219|
|In reserve, not engaged, 2 brigade's, Preston's||3,270|
|Of the infantry of this wing 4,749 were fresh troops.|
|Of the infantry of this wing 10,900 were fresh troops.|
|Total Confederate force, 49,162. 150 pieces of artillery.|
|Left wing, Major-General Thomas:|
|Van Cleve, two brigades||2,300|
|Barnes's brigade about||1,800|
|One brigade, Sheridan's division||1,373|
|Wilder's brigade — mounted infantry||0,000|