A Yankee view of the battle of Chickamauga.
--The Chicago Trilame
publishes the following extract from a private letter relative in the late battle of Chickamauga
The writer labors under the impression that the Confederates
were commanded by Gen. Johnston
, instead of Gen. Bragg
, who was in command:
I think we ought to have bad, and did have, seventy-five thousand men and two hundred and seven pieces of artillery in action on Sunday, but I put the figures at the lowest notch, and you may be on their correctness.
may possibly have had seventy-five thousand men under his command, but I do not think it, for if he had we would have been driven into the Tennessee river
, so poorly were our forces handled.
You cannot fail to notice the hamense amount of our artillery.--Of this we lost between thirty and fifty pieces.
I heard General Mitchell
say he thought our loss would not exceed thirty pieces, while come put it at fifty pieces.
The medical men say our loss in killed and wounded is between 11,000 and 12,000; while our loss in prisoners is between 5,000 and 7,000. All
our severely wounded were left in the enemy's hands, as well as the bodies of the slain on the field, for we were forced back a distance of nine
And all this horrid slaughter took place, or nearly all, between 11 o'clock and 1 o'clock on Sunday--two short hours.
I believe that the Rebellious in killed and wounded is as great, and perhaps greater than our own, and we have some 1,500 prisoners.
commenced his movement on Chattanooga
lay there with about 25,000 men, which was amply sufficient to hold the place against any force which might attack in front, on from the north side of the Tennessee
New old Rosecrans
's plan was to send Crittenden
's corps down to attack Chattanooga
in front, (that is, from the north side of the Tennessee river
.) while he, with Thomas
, should cross Lookout Mountain
, and come in the rear of the town, cutting off Bragg
from all reenforcements, and making him either come out on the open field, and risk all on the fate of a single battle, when he had the choice of the ground and a vastly superior army, or else lie in his entrenchments at Chattanooga
and starve to death, as Pemberton
did at Vicksburg
Well, just as Rosecrans
had succeeded in making the movement, Joe Johnston
arrived with a few thousand men from Mobile
and took command, ordered the evacuation of the town, and commenced making a big show of falling back on Rome
was completely fooled by this movement, and rushed with General Thomas
's corps into Chattanooga
(where he spent a couple of precious days in counting his heads, and saying his pater nesters with a Catholic Archbishop
.) while he sent McCook
's corps and the greater part of the cavalry still further south to flank Rome
, in case Johnston
should attempt to stop there.
Instead of this, as is now evident, he should have concentrated his forces, and beaten Johnston
before he received reinforcements from Virginia
Thus, you see, "Old Rosy" spent a week catching flies, when he ought to have been whaling Johnston
That wily Rebel no sooner discovered the movement of McCook
than he set about to "gobble" him, and threw a large portion of his forces, under Polk
, between Thomas
, thus forcing him to retreat.
Then occurred one of the most terrific stampedes on record.
Our brigade was with McCook
, and brought up the rear, so I happen to known all about it. We retreated for forty-eight hours, and scarcely stopping to cal.--sleeping
was out of the question.