of Missionary ridge
The Snodgrass house
' headquarters, was near the southern end of the line.
The northern end should have been, according to Thomas
' intention, the cross road to Reed's mill
, but Baird
could not stretch out that far, and advised Thomas
to that effect.
This was the weak place in the Federal
asked for Negley
's division, to be put in at his left, early in the morning, before the Confederate
It appears that Negley
was ordered up and Wood
was to take his place, but neither of these two movements was made promptly or effectively, and before such part of Negley
's division as did arrive was at hand, part of Walker
's division had swept round the Federal
left to Thomas
' rear, and part of Breckinridge
's division had similar success.
But these were forced back by the Federal
At the same time, Sunday morning, September 20th, the remainder of Polk
's wing attacked Thomas
' line for two hours with great gallantry but without success, largely on account of the breastworks of felled trees which had been built during the previous night to protect the Federal
In this part of the battle the gallant young brigadier, James Deshler
was killed while leading his Arkansas
The fighting of the Confederate
left wing is described by its commander, Lieut.-Gen. James Longstreet
He states that as soon as he was ready to attack he notified the general commanding, and asked permission to go in without waiting, as contemplated in the original plan.
Before an answer could be received, orders were sent from General Bragg
to some of his division commanders to attack.
On learning this, Longstreet
ordered forward the left wing, holding Preston
in reserve, and on account of the practically unchanged position of the right wing, he abandoned Bragg
's plan of movement, and arranged that Stewart
should halt at the Rossville
road, as the pivot of the wing, while it made a right wheel to the northward.
A. P. Stewart
's division did not, in fact,