rps commanders discussed the events then taking place—remember distinctly the number of soldiers we thought we could take into action after the fight on the second—remember more distinctly the expressed determination of each commander present to fight that battle out then and there, and never received or heard of any order directing a retreat of the army.
I am, General, very respectfully, your obt. servant, Geo. Sykes, Major-Gen. Commdg. Fifth Corps. Maj.-Gen. Meade, Comdg. A. P.
Headquarters, 1ST division, 12TH Corps, army of the Cumberland, Tullahoma, Tenn., March 23, 1864.
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your circular communication of tenth instant.
My recollections of the council or meeting of corps commanders held on the evening of 2d July last are briefly these:
After some desultory conversation having reference, mainly, to the amount of supplies and the strength of each corps, and, incidentally, to the results of the afternoon's atta