was delayed by one day in crossing the Chickamauga
He fell upon Thomas
, however, with none the less vigor.
, who had been aggressive in the morning, was found behind his log intrenchments when the night came.
On September 20th, Polk
forced the fighting.
As at Stone's River
, everything seemed lost to the Federals
A great rout fell on Rosecrans
' right, as complete as it was disgraceful.
As at Bull Run
, it became a sauve qui peut
. Alone in the midst of the routed army —seeing yielding everywhere, Thomas
With one-half of the Federal
army gone, he remained, building up for his fame that noble title, never to be disassociated from his name, the ‘Rock of Chickamauga
On the 18th Adams
' brigade was taken by Lieut.-Gen. D. H. Hill
in person to Owen's ford, where there was Federal activity.
Next morning it was withdrawn to Glass' mill, and there Captain Slocomb
, with two guns and an infantry support, was sent to the Federal
side of the creek, while Lieutenant Vaught
, with the rifles, went into action from the east bluff, the artillery duel resulting favorably to the Confederates
Then the brigade was marched three miles south of Lee
& Gordon's mill, to meet a supposed move by Rosecrans
on that flank.
But they soon found that the Federal
troops in motion were going on north, and the brigade was rapidly transferred to the other flank of the army, crossing the creek at Alexander
's bridge, and bivouacking about midnight.
Next morning, the 20th, Breckinridge
's division was on the extreme right or north of the Confederate
line, with Adams
on the right of the division, in a line supposed to be parallel to the Chattanooga
road, which was to be the object of the fight.
's plan was yet, although his movements had previously been thwarted by delays, to swing his right forward and cut Rosecrans
off from Chattanooga
, the attack being taken up along the line to the south.
This meant activity for the Louisianians on the extreme right.