The artillery of both corps followed their respective lines by the Pittsburg
The 1st Corps, of not more than 8,500 bayonets, under Major-General Polk
, was drawn up in a column of brigades deployed in line about 800 yards to the rear of Bragg
It was subdivided into divisions of two brigades each, Clark
's Division, formed of Russell
's and A. P. Stewart
's Brigades; Cheetham
's Division, of B. R. Johnson
's and Stevens
' Brigades, and, with the special reserve of three brigades under Brigadier-General Breckinridge
, about 6,000 bayonets, constituted a reserve for the support of the attacking lines as might be needed on either flank.
The cavalry, about 4,300 strong, was distributed for the most part to guard the flanks.
With the exception of Forrest
's and Wharton
's (8th Texas) Regiments, lately regimented, insufficiently armed and wholly without drill, the nature of the scene of operations rendered the cavalry almost valueless, and only the two regiments mentioned took any material part in the actions of either day.
About sunrise, accompanied by their respective staffs, Generals Johnston
met, in their saddles, at the bivouac of the former, near Hardee
's line, just about to move forward.
It was not near 6 o'clock, and a few moments later about 34,000 Confederate Infantry, with some fifty guns, were in movement, with a bearing never surpassed, to fall upon their enemy—an enemy as yet undeveloped, but known to be ensconced near at hand in the fog and forest, superior in numbers and equipments, for their many drums the evening before had plainly told their formidable strength.
At first a heavy white mist hung low in the wooded valley between Hardee
and the supposed quarter of the enemy, and into it plunged his sturdy men, not knowing nor caring what hostile force and appliances lay ready within to receive their onset.
To find that force as speedily as possible and overwhelm it was the errand upon which they and their emulous comrades were afield so early.
Here a topographical sketch of the theatre of war may serve to make more readily intelligible the occurrences and vicissitudes of the battle.
Two streams, Lick
and Owl Creeks
, taking their rise very near each other, just westward of Monterey
, in a ridge