the commander of the right column (Polk
) was several times urged to press forward, his crossing was not effected until late in the afternoon.’
reported that he left the vicinity of Ringgold
at 5 a. m. with the brigades of Johnson
, leaving Law
's and Benning
's brigades, which had just arrived, to cook rations before following.
After marching three miles he was ordered back to take another road, which brought him to Peeler's mill about 11 a. m. Forrest
's cavalry, assisted by infantry, then pushed back the Federal
cavalry of Minty
across the bridge, but it was not until 3 p. m. that the command began crossing the Chickamauga
At this moment Gen. John B. Hood
arrived and a little later took command of the column.
These four brigades, the only Confederate commands to cross that day, marched down within two miles of Lee
& Gordon's mill, confronting the north flank of the Federal
army, and slept there that night on their arms, while Thomas
was marching past to Kelly
's passage at Alexander
's bridge was contested by Federal cavalry, who destroyed the bridge before they were driven away, compelling Walker
to cross that night at Byram's ford.
He then reported to General Hood
On the morning of the 19th, a line of battle was formed with Buckner
's left resting on the creek about a mile below Lee
& Gordon's mill, next Hood
with his own and Johnson
's divisions, and Walker
on the extreme north.
To reserve Cheatham
's division of Polk
's corps was formed as it crossed.
Soon after getting into position at Kelly
's with two divisions, about 9 a. m. of the 19th, Thomas
was told that there was but one brigade of Confederates across the river, and he ordered Brannan
to seek the lone brigade and capture it. Croxton
's brigade of Brannan
's moving toward Reed
's bridge, drove back Forrest
's cavalry upon Ector
's and Wilson
's small brigades, and these charged