the position of the Arkansas
troops in that bloody struggle is all that need be here attempted.
, moving down from Nashville
to Stevenson, Ala.
, placed his army on a line nearly due west from Dalton, Ga.
Thence moving into and through the mountain ranges and valleys running southward from Chattanooga
, he threatened to strike Dalton
and leave Chattanooga
twenty-five miles to the north.
It is thought Bragg
should have held Chattanooga
, since to leave it was to lose all east Tennessee
south of Knoxville
hesitated to risk his communications with Georgia
, and he therefore moved out of that city September 8th, with an effective force of 40,000.
' force in the field was about 65,000.
took position between the branches of Chickamauga creek
, extending his line from Ringgold
southward to Lafayette
's division now comprised the brigades of S. A. M. Wood
, L. E. Polk
and James Deshler
commanded a division of W. H. T. Walker
's corps, composed of his own brigade, under Col. D. C. Govan
, and Walthall
's Mississippi brigade.
's brigade, returned from Mississippi
, was in Bushrod Johnson
's division of Buckner
commanded a division of Mississippi and Alabama
, placing Breckinridge
, sent Cleburne
to hold the three gaps in Pigeon mountain
, west of Lafayette
—Catlett's, Dug and Blue Bird.
was attempting to beat Rosecrans
' forces in detail, and Thomas' corps had a narrow escape on the 11th when it emerged from the mountains into McLemore's cove, west of Cleburne
was sent forward to attack from the east, as soon as Hindman
opened fire from the north; but there were unfortunate delays and misunderstandings, so that when Cleburne
was put in action, the Federals
made a safe retreat to the mountain pass on their rear.
On the 13th Polk