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showing that the obstruction in his front was not insurmountable.
He completed his line after four P. M., when he could have completed it by 1 P. M.
Clark's line, as a consequence, was not formed till after 4 P. M., when it might have been formed by 2 P. M.
And now, though somewhat out of place, let me call attention to the march made by the detached division of General Polk's corps, the only division that was excepted by Special Order No. 8 from the general order of march — Cheatham's. It marched from its position at Purdy, to the line of battle in one day--Saturday, the 5th--the distance being but little less than that from Corinth to the line — getting into position almost as soon as General Ruggles.
One other point, Mr. Editor, and I have done.
The General would have us think that when one says he (General Ruggles) was responsible for the delay, a reproach is cast upon his troops.
This cannot be admitted.
The rule, I believe, is, that the commander is respon