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The Daily Dispatch: October 22, 1862., [Electronic resource], The battle of Perryville--General Bragg's official report. (search)
--Finding the enemy pressing heavily in his rear, near Perryville, Major-General Hardee, of Polk's command, was obliged to halt and check him at that point. Having arrived at Harrodsburg from Fly concentrated three divisions of my old command — the army of the Mississippi, now under Major General Polk--Cheatham's, Buckner's, and Anderson's — and directed Gen. Polk to take the command on theGen. Polk to take the command on the 7th, and attack the enemy next morning. Withers's division had gone the day before to support Smith. Hearing, on the night of the 7th, that the force in front of Smith had rapidly retreated, I moved early next morning, to be present at the operations of Polk's forces. The two armies were formed confronting each other, on opposite sides of the town of Perryville. After consulting the Generown--gallant and noble soldiers — whose loss will be severely felt by their commands. To Major-General Polk, commanding the forces, Major General Hardee, commanding the left wing, two divisions, and<