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[355] 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's division.

Rosecrans, 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.

The Arkansans of Govan'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 near Reed's bridge. 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.

McNair'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. Johnson's division was assigned to the command of Lieut.-Gen. James Longstreet, who had just arrived with

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