A Soldier's Reminiscences in Peace and War

A Soldier's Reminiscences in Peace and War

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...one what was expected of him. On retiring from General McCook's headquarters I called my brigade commanders around me and explained the order, and when they left each understood thoroughly what was required of his command. The line of the entire army in its relative position was this: The right of Wood's division rested upon the Nashville pike, and his left on Stone River; Palmer's was on Wood's right; Negley's on Palmer's right; Sheridan on Negley's right; Davis's on the right of Sheridan; and Kirk's and Willich's brigades of my division on the right and rear of Davis's division. The reserves of each division were in the rear of their respective divisions. General Rosecrans desired to create the impression that he was massing his forces heavily on our right. Accordingly he allowed no fires to be built by the troops in line, but had immense log fires made away off to our right, and Lieutenant-Colonel Langdon, of the Second Ohio, who had an immensely heavy voice, was sent out to these fires to give commands locating imaginary divisions, brigades, and regiments. Now this plan would have succeeded with an unenterprising enemy, but Bragg knew as many of the tricks of war as Rosecrans. Feeling assured that where we professed to be strong we were really weak, Bragg, during the night, massed a force consisting of Cleburne's and McCown's divisions of infantry, flanked by Wharton's cavalry, opposite to the right of our army. These divisions of the Confederate army were composed of four brigades each. Desiring to be entirely correct in regard to the troops opposed to me, I sent a copy of our official map of the battle-field to Major-General B. F. Cheatham, a distinguished officer of the Confederate army, and asked him to indicate thereon the position of...show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558723
  • 9781236558725