be called the first epoch of the campaign.
In pursuance of this plan, General Bragg
first sought to strike the portions of Thomas
' corps at the gaps of the Lookout
range and that movement failing, he directed his attention to Crittenden
, who was supposed to have one division at Gordon's mill and one at Ringgold
; but this further attempt to destroy the Federal
forces in detail also proved impracticable.
In both cases the enemy slipped away from attack.
now more clearly saw Bragg
's position and McCook
was ordered to hurry back from Alpine
pushed all his corps over the mountain and down into the cove and along Chickamauga creek
northward, and Crittenden
was ordered to post Wood
at Gordon's mill, and with the rest of his corps take position on Missionary ridge
so as to command the roads to Chattanooga
on either side of the ridge, while Wilder
established connection with Thomas
On the 17th, after a forced march of 67 miles by way of Valley Head, Ala.
had most of his corps in the cove and connecting with Thomas
near Pond spring
Thus on the evening of the 17th the army of Rosecrans
was in a degree concentrated in a long line along the Chickamauga
' gap to Lee
& Gordon's mill.
In the meantime Bragg
had made no attack, but having failed to cut off detachments of the enemy, he now resolved to isolate the whole Federal army by moving his army by the right flank sheltered by Pigeon mountain
so as to intercept Rosecrans
' communications with Chattanooga
In this design he was encouraged by the near approach of veteran reinforcements, a portion of Longstreet
's corps, army of Northern Virginia, the removal of which by railroad from the Rappahannock
to the Tennessee
was the most notable feat of military transportation on the Southern
side in the war.
On the 17th, when Rosecrans
' army stretched along the west side of the Chickamauga
had so disposed his