distinguished officers as Thomas, McCook, Crittenden, Sheridan, Negley, Granger and Steedman.
The Confederates were commanded by General Bragg, with Cleburne, Cheatham, Stewart, Walker, Bushrod Johnson, Hindman, Law, Preston, Breckinridge and Forrest as division commanders.
It was to be a battle of the Titans.
Rosecrans hunl left, where Thomas seemed to have his wing of this great iron gate anchored in the everlasting rocks.
Cleburne threw his division against him only to recoil.
Cheatham and Breckinridge hurled their veterans on his breastworks only to retire with great loss.
The iron gate was ajar on the right, on the center, but its left was as solid as the grand mountains overhanging it.
The second day the battle opened furiously.
The divisions of Walker, Preston, Cheatham and Cleburne foamed themselves away on Thomas, but he stood like a rock.
Longstreet, commanding Bragg's left wing, massing his divisions, making his right division the pivot, wheeled his entire