was brought down from Pigeon mountain
in expectation of a fight near Lafayette
, and next day Deshler
, at Catlett
's gap, was reinforced by the whole of Breckinridge
, learning now of the reinforcement of Bragg
, began a hurried concentration northward toward Chattanooga
, on the west side of West Chickamauga creek
On the 18th Bushrod Johnson
moved from Ringgold
to a position on the extreme right of Bragg
's line, near Reed
's bridge, and Walker
was next south, near Alexander
's bridge, while Cleburne
was in line of battle still further south, on the extreme left of the army.
's brigade were among the first west of the creek, crossing on the night of the 18th, after skirmishing at Byram's ford; and next morning the brigade participated in the initial action of the battle, brought on by Thomas' northerly advance attacking Forrest
About noon, Govan
attacked, in line of battle facing north, and drove the Federals
from his front, capturing three guns of Loomis
' battery and other pieces, and 300 or 400 prisoners. He pushed on with success against a second line, until overwhelmed by others of Thomas' forces sent against his westward flank, and compelled to retire.
In this two hours fight there was heavy loss, among the killed Col. L. Featherston
, commanding the Fifth and Thirteenth regiments, and among the wounded Lieutenant-Colonel Baucum
, Eighth Arkansas.
's brigade, Johnson
's division, which had crossed the creek about 4 p. m. on the 18th, had also passed the night in the front of the Federal
forces, but much closer to the enemy, in fact near the center of the Federal
line which was broken by Longstreet
on the 20th, and not far from the Chattanooga
road (north from Lee
and Gordon's mill), for the possession of which the battle was fought.
's division was assigned to the command of Lieut.-Gen. James Longstreet
, who had just arrived with