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on the nineteenth, and Buckner's corps, with Cheatham's division, of Polk's, had crossed and formed divisions, with Walker on the extreme right, Cheatham's division being in reserve, the general direof artillery in most gallant charges. Before Cheatham's division, ordered to his support, could reaken by an Aid of Brigadier-General Wright, of Cheatham's division, who informed me that Wright's briered on his right. Generals Breckinridge and Cheatham were in rear and on General Gist's left. Theing the next hill in rear of us, we found General Cheatham's division taking position, having just cstrong's division was located in front of General Cheatham's infantry division, on the Chattanooga arigade, being in front, was ordered by Major-General Cheatham to drive them from and take possession Majaor James D. Porter, Jr., Assistant Adjutant-General Cheatham's Division: Sir: On the morn headquarters Wright's brigade, brigade, Cheatham's division, Polk's corps, army of Tennessee, [27 more...]
y's lines. I then directed Houghtaling's battery to take position at the angle of these two lines, Captain Hescock sending one section of his battery, under Lieutenant Taliaferro, and one section of Bush's battery, to the same point; the remaining pieces of Hescock's and Bush's batteries were placed on the right of Negley's line, facing toward Murfreesboro. In this position I was immediately attacked, when one of the bitterest and most sanguinary contests of the whole day occurred. General Cheatham's division advanced on Roberts' brigade, and heavy masses of the enemy with three batteries of artillery advanced over the open ground which I had occupied in the previous part of the engagement, at the same time the enemy opening from their intrenchments in the direction of Murfreesboro. The contest then became terrible. The enemy made three attacks and were three times repulsed, the artillery range of the respective batteries being not over two hundred yards. In these attacks Robe
and directed him to intercept and, if possible, to destroy the party. He succeeded in dispersing them, killing several, and taking among the prisoners a Captain. During the pursuit Bryson himself was killed. On the twenty-seventh of October Cheatham's division, commanded during the expedition by Brigadier-General Jackson, reached Athens, and by this accession my force, before so weak as to be entirely inadequate for a decided movement against the enemy at London, was strengthened to such anin his front to permit him to make any decided move. The results of these scouts in eliciting information were promptly communicated to you by telegraph. On the fourth of November I received orders by telegraph to send two of the brigades of Cheatham's division to Tyner's by railroad on the fifth, and the remaining two on the sixth, and immediately thereafter to send the two brigades of my own division. On the eighth instant I received orders from the commanding General to leave Brigadier-G
me day, Hanson, with the remainder of his brigade, moved as directed, on the road towards Nashville, for the purpose of a reconnoissance and to cause a diversion. At the same time that the troops above named left their camps near here, Major-General Cheatham, with two brigades, moved out on the Nashville road, halted at night at Lavergne, fifteen miles, and on the next day, in conjunction with, General Wheeler's cavalry, made a strong demonstration on the enemy's front. These movements had the desired effect, and completely distracted the enemy's attention from the real point of attack. Learning that a foraging train of the enemy was on his right flank, Cheatham detached Wheeler with a cavalry force to attack it, which he did in his usual dashing and successful manner, capturing eleven wagons and fifty-seven prisoners. Under cover of these feints. Morgan, by an extraordinary night march, reached the point of his destination about sunrise, and in a short, but warmly contested en
e, as did Stevenson's, of Hood's corps, on the twenty-fifth. On the twenty-seventh, after a furious cannonade of several hours, the enemy made a general advance, but was everywhere repulsed with heavy loss. The assaults were most vigorous on Cheatham's and Cleburne's divisions of Hardee's corps and French's and Featherstone's of Loring's. Lieutenant-General Hardee reports that Cheatham's division lost in killed, wounded, and missing, one hundred and ninety-five; the enemy opposed to it, by tCheatham's division lost in killed, wounded, and missing, one hundred and ninety-five; the enemy opposed to it, by the statement of a staff officer subsequently captured, two thousand; the loss of Cleburne's division, eleven; that of the enemy in his front, one thousand. Major-General Loring reported two hundred and thirty-six of his corps killed, wounded, and missing; and the loss of the enemy, by their own estimates, at between two thousand five hundred and three thousand, which he thinks very small. On the first of July Major-General Smith's division was ordered to support the cavalry on our left. Thei