, in his report of September 10, 1863, the last made before the battle, has 63,143 effectives, after deducting all detachments which were absent. (Official Records
XXX, p. 169.)
In order to get absolutely correct statistics of Bragg
's army in this battle, the writer has gone through the regimental, brigade and division reports made at the time, and they show that Bragg
had effectives of all arms, 53,124.
Summarized, it is as follows: Federals 63,143; Confederates, 53,124; Federal excess, 10,019.
The losses were, Federals killed, 1,656; wounded, 9,749; captured, 4,774; total, 16,179.
Confederates killed, 2,389; wounded, 13,412; captured, 2,003; total, 17,804.
The abstract of returns for Rosecrans
' army on September 20, the day after the great battle of the 19th, is as follows: Present for duty, 67,877; present equipped, 60,867.
had 60,867 equipped for duty on the morning of the 20th, after the great losses of the day before, it is not possible that he had more than 63,143 at the beginning of the fight?
At 5.40 P. M. on the 22d General Rosecrans
telegraphed to Mr. Lincoln
that ‘we are about 30,000 brave and determined men.’
' army had occupied Chattanooga
several weeks before the battle of Chickamauga
, and was just as much in possession of Chattanooga
before the battle of Chickamauga
as after that event.
In his congratulatory address to his army, after they had been driven back on Chattanooga
after two days of bloody battle, he says: ‘When the day closed you held the field, from which you withdrew in the face of overpowering numbers to occupy the point for which you set out—Chattanooga.’
, when reaching Paris
after the disastrous rout of Waterloo
, issued to the survivors of the Old Guard an address congratulating them on the fact that they occupied ‘the point for which they set out—Paris,’ would not the world have considered it an unpardonable satire on their heroism?
The scene now shifts to Virginia
with the best organized army seen since the days of Napoleon
, advances on Richmond
He advances till the spires and towers of the capital city are in full view of his beleaguering army.
The front of every division and corps is girdled with abattis
Chickahominy is an entrenched camp from Mechanicsville
to Malvern Hill
The authorities at Washington
on, but he would