ga the enemy retired to Lafayette and massed a force at that place, taking possession of the gaps of Pigeon Mountain directly in front of General Thomas's column.
The rebel force had been made formidable by new additions from Johnston, Hindman, Buckner, and Maury.
Deserters report the enemy now superior in numbers to the army they had at the battle of Murfreesboro'. Among the divisions are Cheatham's, Deyes's, Claiborne's, Buckner's Stuart's, Hindman's, Slaughter's, and detached brigades of JBuckner's Stuart's, Hindman's, Slaughter's, and detached brigades of Jackson and Anderson — in all thirty-five brigades of infantry, not less than sixty-five thousand men.
Thus formidable in numbers and position, Rosecrans was compelled to concentrate his forces, necessarily much scattered in crossing the Lookout Mountains.
The lines of the opposing armies may now be represented as a crescent, shaped by the Pigeon Mountains, which extend like the are of a circle around Lafayette.
The rebels hold the interior and we the exterior lines.
The two forces are w