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ereupon became convinced, and expressed the opinion in my official report, that no sufficiently effective number of cavalry could be assembled in the Confederacy to interrupt the enemy's line of supplies to an extent to compel him to retreat. From the 5th to the 19th of August no event of special importance occurred. I find naught recorded save the constant demonstrations of the enemy in front, whilst completing his movement to our left. A heavy demonstration was made on the 6th against Bates's Division which was twice assaulted; twice the foe were driven back in great confusion with a loss of two stands of colors, eight hundred killed and wounded, some small arms and entrenching tools. On the 7th General Cleburne's Division was transferred to our extreme left, and the 9th was made memorable by the most furious cannonade which the city sustained during the siege. Women and children fled into cellars, and were there forced to seek shelter a greater length of time than at any p
General Rousseau occupied Murfreesboroa, in rear of our right, with about eight thousand men heavily entrenched. General Bates's Division, Sears's and Brown's brigades, were ordered, on the 5th, to report at that point to General Forrest, who ws by Forrest's cavalry, at Lavergne; of the capture and destruction of three block houses on the Chattanooga Railroad, by Bates's Division; and of the seizure the day previous, by General Chalmers, of two transports on the Cumberland river, with thrght thousand, should he venture to reinforce Thomas at Nashville. He remained, however, behind his entrenchments. General Bates's Division was ordered to return to the Army; Forrest was instructed to direct Palmer's and Mercer's infantry brigaderoke at all points, and I beheld for the first and only time a Confederate Army abandon the field in confusion. Major General Bates, in his official report, refers to an angle having been formed upon the mound where the line first gave way. If su
I had sent Major General Forrest, with the greatest part of his cavalry and Bates's Division of infantry to Murfreesboroa, to ascertain if it was possible to takehaved badly, it was determined that nothing could be accomplished by assault. Bates's Division was then withdrawn, leaving Forrest with Jackson's and Buford's Divi in observation. Mercer and Palmer's brigades of infantry were sent to replace Bates's Division. Shortly afterwards Buford's Division was withdrawn and ordered to ll 3.30 p. m., when a portion of our line to the left of the centre occupied by Bates's Division suddenly gave way. Up to this time no battle ever progressed more fahe enemy, in almost every instance, was severely repulsed. On the 6th Major General Bates's Division of Hardee's Corps, which had reported to me temporarily in plthe attack, which was signally and handsomely repulsed. Much credit is due General Bates and his division for their conduct. The enemy was exceedingly cautious in