General Van Cleve, with two brigades from McMinnville - the third being left in garrison there - by the most practicable route to Pikeville, the head of the Sequatchie Valley.
Colonel Minty's cavalry to move on the left by Sparta, to drive back Dibrell's cavalry toward Kingston, where the enemy's mounted troops, under Forrest, were concentrated, and then, covering the left flank of Van Cleve's column, to proceed to Pikeville.
The Fourteenth Army Corps, Major General George H. Thomas commanding, moved as follows:
General Reynolds, from University, by way of Battle Creek, to take post concealed near its mouth.
General Brannan to follow him.
General Negley to go by Tantallon and halt on Crow Creek, between Anderson and Stevenson.
General Baird to follow him and camp near Anderson.
The Twentieth Corps, Major General S. McD. McCook commanding, moved as follows:
General Johnson by Salem and Larkin's Fork to Bellefonte.
General Davis by Mount Top and Crow Creek, to near Stevenson.
The three brigades of cavalry by Fayetteville and Athens, to cover the line of the Tennessee from Whitesburg up.
On his arrival in the Sequatchie Valley, General Crittenden was to send a brigade of infantry to reconnoiter the Tennessee near Harrison's Landing, and take post at Poe's Cross-Roads. minty was to reconnoiter from Washington down, and take post at Smith's Cross-Roads, and Wilder's brigade of mounted infantry was to reconnoiter from Harrison's Landing to Chattanooga and be supported by a brigade of infantry, which General Crittenden was to send from Therman to the foot of the eastern slope of Walden's Ridge, in front of Chattanooga.
These movements were completed by the evening of the 20th of August. Hazen's brigade made the reconnaissance of Harrison's Landing, and reported the enemy throwing up works there, and took post at Poe's Cross-Roads on the 21st. Wagner, with his brigade, supported Wilder in his reconnaissance on Chattanooga, which they surprised and shelled from across the river, creating no little agitation.
Thus the army passed the first great barrier between it and the objective point, and arrived opposite the enemy on the banks of the Tennessee.
THE CROSSING OF THE RIVER.
required that the best points should be chosen, and means provided for the crossing. The river was reconnoitered, the pontoons and trains ordered forward as rapidly as possible, hidden from view in rear of Stevenson and prepared for use. By the time they were ready the places of crossing had been selected and disposition made to being the operation.
It was very desirable to conceal to the last moment the points of crossing, but as the mountains on the south side of the Tennessee rise in precipitous rocky bluffs to the height of 800 or 1,000 feet, completely overlooking the whole valley and its coves, this was next to impossible.
Not having pontoons for two bridges across the river, General Sheridan began trestlework for parts of one at Bridgeport, while