, with Cleburne
, Bushrod Johnson
, Law, Preston
as division commanders.
It was to be a battle of the Titans.
hung his fine army as a massive iron gate across the valley leading into Chattanooga
, whose pathway had always been lighted with the star of victory, was on the left, Crittenden
in the center and McCook
on the right.
placed his right wing under Polk
, with D. H. Hill
second in command, while Longstreeet commanded the left wing.
The battle opened along the whole line on the 19th, and the Confederates
were successful along their entire front, except on the Federal
left, where Thomas
seemed to have his wing of this great iron gate anchored in the everlasting rocks.
threw his division against him only to recoil.
hurled their veterans on his breastworks only to retire with great loss.
The iron gate was ajar on the right, on the center, but its left was as solid as the grand mountains overhanging it.
The second day the battle opened furiously.
The divisions of Walker
foamed themselves away on Thomas
, but he stood like a rock.
, commanding Bragg
's left wing, massing his divisions, making his right division the pivot, wheeled his entire wing to the right against McCook
This was a conflict of giants.
's splendid corps is soon ground to powder.
A Confederate division wedges itself in between Crittenden
and his command, and strikes it in the rear, and it vanishes and falls back, part of it in the rear of Thomas
and part of it on the nearest road to Chattanooga
leaves the field and sends word to Thomas
to do the best he can to save himself.
looking for their lost commands.
The Federal right and center are now massed as a support to Thomas
presses open the iron gate tills it hangs on only one hinge, and that hinge was Thomas
' corps was now girdled with a line of victorious bayonets, while
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered,
till at last, overwhelmed and beaten, he sullenly retires, fighting as he goes, till he is safe behind the hills of Chattanooga