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‘ [383] Hindman's fiasco.’ The movement that General Bragg intimates he made ‘immediately’ after the failure in the Cove.

The first positive step towards it was the following order:

headquarters, Lafayette, Ga., September 12, 1 A. M.
General: The General commanding directs that you will at once proceed with Cheatham's division and take position at Rock Spring. You will order forward also the rest of your corps as soon as practicable.

I am, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


If we look a short distance to the southeast of Lee and Gordon's Mills, we will find Rock Spring. It is about four miles southeast of the Mills, about twelve north of Lafayette, and about seven southwest of Ringgold. It marks the intersection of roads leading from Gordon's Mills on the west. Peavine Church and Greysville on the north, and Ringgold on the east; a line drawn from Ringgold to the Mills passes a few miles to the north of it; and it will be noticed that the Chickamauga flows between it and the Mills.

To reach it from Lafayette General Polk had to pass over the road he had marched the evening before.

Cheatham's division, first in motion, reached the position by evening. Walker's demi-corps (four brigades) followed promptly; arrived about dark. Hindman, allowed to rest at Lafayette till 9 or 10 P. M. by General Bragg, reached the line about daylight.1 Having

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Headquarters A. T. In the field, Lafayette, September 12, 1863, 8 1-2 P. M.
General: In reply to your communication of this date, in regard to the moving your command, the General commanding directs me to say that he regards your march this evening as of the first importance. He desires that you will move up promptly, and report to Lieutenant-General Polk.

I am, General, your obedient servant,


[Endorsement.]

headquarters Hindman's division, Sept. 12, 1863, 9:45 P. M.
Respectfully forwarded for the information of the Lieutenant-General commanding the corps. In reply to a communication from General Mackall, enquiring as to the time my command would move, I stated that the hour originally designated was at dark this evening, but that subsequently, at my urgent request, the order to march was suspended until daylight tomorrow. The within order was received at 9:05 P. M. My command will be ready to move at 10 P. M. I respectfully request that a staff-officer from corps headquarters may meet me at the head of my column, to designate to me the place where my command is to be camped.


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