had held back the enemy until Hardee
's and Hood
's corps arrived and took position.
Then the army was formed in two lines, Polk
facing west, with Polk
's left on the Oostenaula
, while Hood
faced northwest, his right extending to the Connesauga river
's army approached these lines on the 13th, and on the 14th skirmishing began all along the Confederate
The only advantage the enemy gained was on Polk
's front, where Logan
reached a ridge the Confederates
had held, intrenched, and resisted the attempt to drive him out. With his cannon he commanded the Confederate
attacked the Federal
left in the afternoon, striking Howard
In this combat the larger share of the fighting fell to Stevenson
's division, in which was the Georgia
brigade of Alfred Cumming
, which won from General Stevenson
the remark, ‘I was much gratified by the gallantry with which the movement was made.’
The fight on the 15th was inaugurated by the advance of Hooker
, which Hindman
's line bravely met. Although several vigorous assaults were made, they were all repelled by Hindman
's first line alone.
had early in the day assumed the position from which he had been recalled the night before.
Here, by the order of General Hood
, he placed a four-gun battery in position some 80 yards in front of his line of infantry.
Before it could be properly supported, its fire was opened and this drew upon it so fierce an attack that the guns could not be drawn back to the main line of the division.
's and Reynolds
' brigades opened an effective fire upon the Federals
, driving them back from the guns.
was now under renewed orders to advance, and Stewart
had actually assailed the Federal
left, when the order was countermanded upon positive information that the Federals
had crossed the Oostenaula
to the westward, at Lay
's or Tanner
's ferry, and pushed back Martin