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[203] information received from me as in a great manner influencing him in his movement against the two divisions of Thomas in McLemore's Cove. Recently I found among my papers the rough draft of a letter written by me to General Bragg, in the Fall of 1867, when the events referred to were fresh in my memory. Some months afterwards I saw in his possession letters from General Patton Anderson, Colonel Urquhart and others who were conversant with the facts and participants like myself in the movement, all of which concurred with the principal statements in my letter. I give you a copy of what I wrote, and would call attention to the fact that General Hindman was placed under arrest for disobedience in not obeying Bragg's repeated orders to attack at an early hour on the 11th. I may add, that to make Hindman's attack from the direction of Chattanooga effective it was absolutely necessary for General Hill's corps to be passed through Dug Gap in Pigeon Mountain to cut off the retreat of the enemy to the south or southwest, while Hindman with his own and Buckner's forces, attacking from the northeast and gaining ground with his right, should envelope the enemy at Davis's Cross-Roads.

Very respectfully,

will T. Martin. Late Major-General C. S. A.

Letter to General Bragg.

Dear Sir,—You ask me to give you my recollection of what transpired a short time prior to the battle of Chickamauga, in a movement made by you to strike the enemy's centre, and capture a portion of Thomas's corps of Rosecrans's army, that had advanced into McLemore's Cove.

I was commanding a division of cavalry which was observing the enemy in the Cove, and holding the gaps of Pigeon Mountain. Duplicate dispatches were regularly forwarded by me to you and General D. H. Hill, then with his corps at Lafayette, where I had my own headquarters.

Thinking, as I then saw no effort to avail ourselves of the enemy's extraordinary dispersion of his army, that his object and position might be misapprehended, I wrote directly to you a somewhat lengthy

1 Day and month are not given in the original draft of my letter.

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