lroad from Corinth to Iuka.
The effective total of this force was slightly over forty thousand men.
It was composed as follows:
First Army Corps, Major-Gen. L. Polk,9,186
Second Army Corps, Gen. B. Bragg,13,689
Third Army Corps, Major-Gen. W. J. Hardee,6,789
Reserve, Brig.-Gen. John C. Breckinridge,6,439
Total infantry and artillery38,963
Cavalry, Brig.-Gen. F. Gardner,4,882
It was determined with this force, which justified the offensive, to strike a suddele.
The Confederate plan of battle was in three lines — the first and second extending from Owl Creek on the left to Lick Creek on the right, a distance of about three miles, supported by the third and the reserve.
The first line, under Major-Gen. Hardee, was constituted of his corps, augmented on his right by Gladden's brigade, of Major-Gen. Bragg's corps.
The second line, composed of the other troops of Bragg's corps, followed the first at the distance of five hundred yards, in the same