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Report of General J. B Robertson.

headquarters Texas brigade, in the field near Chattanooga, October 4th, 1863.
Captain L. R. Terrill, Acting Adjutant-General Hood's Division:
Captain,—I have the honor to respectfully submit my report of the part taken by my brigade in the action of the 19th and 20th September. My duties in the field have precluded me from submitting my report at an earlier period After having remained in line of battle from daybreak until near three o'clock P. M., I was ordered to take position on the left of Colonel Sheffield, commanding Law's brigade (General Law being in command of the division). This placed me on the extreme left of our line. On receiving the order to advance and attack the enemy, I was directed to keep closed on Law's brigade. I had not advanced more than two hundred yards until the enemy was reported appearing on my left and endangering my left flank. Colonel Manning, commanding Third Arkansas, my left regiment, was ordered to change front with two companies, and meet them, I believing at the moment that it was a small force sent to make a diversion by threatening my flank. Before these dispositions were completed, my line had passed the crest of the hill, and I discovered the enemy in heavy force on my left, and they opened a heavy fire upon me. I sent a staff officer to inform General Law of it. He sent me orders to change front and meet them. This made it necessary for me to change my front forward on left battalion, which was done promptly under a heavy fire. To do this I had necessarily to detach my brigade from General Law's. I sent a courier to inform him of the change. My line steadily advanced, the enemy stubbornly contesting every inch of ground until I reached the fence that divides the two fields on the crest of the hill. The thick woods through which my two right regiments, Fourth and Fifth Texas, advanced, prevented me from knowing what was on my right, and I was advancing in a direction that separated me from the left of Law's brigade, thus leaving a considerable space uncovered and exposing my right flank I determined to hold this, if possible, until I could be reinforced. As soon as we reached the hill and drove the enemy from it, he opened upon us with grape and canister from two batteries, both of which raked the

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