tain Young, of my staff, and few of the escort, under a shower of grape, canister, and musketry, for 200 or 300 yards, and attempted to rejoin General Thomas and the troops sent to his support, by passing to the rear of the broken portion of our lines, but found the routed troops far toward the left, and hearing the enemy's advancing musketry and cheers, I became doubtful whether the left had held its ground, and started for Rossville. On consultation and further reflection, however, I determined to send General Garfield there, while I went to Chattanooga, to give orders for the security of the pontoon bridges at Battle Crekk and Bridgeport, and to make preliminary disposition either to forward ammunition and supplies should we hold our ground, or to withdraw the troops into good position.
General Garfield dispatched me, from Rossville, that the left and center still held its ground. General Granger had gone to its support. General Sheridan had rallied his division, adn was advancing toward the same point, and General Davis was going up the Dry Valley road to our right. General Garfield proceeded to the front, remained there until the close of the fight, and dispatched me the triumphant defense our troops there made against the assaults of the enemy.
THE FIGHT ON THE LEFT,
after 2 p.m., was that of the army. Never, in the history of this war at least, have troops fought with greater energy and determination. Bayonet charges, often heard of but seldom seen, were repeatedly made by brigades and regiments in several of our divisions.
After the yielding and severance of the division of the right, the enemy bent all efforts to break the solid portions of our line. Under the pressure of the rebel onset, the flanks of the line were gradually retired until they occupied strong advantageous ground, giving to the whole a flattened crescent shape.
From 1 to half past 3 o'clock, the unequal contest was sustained throughout our line. Then the enemy in overpowering numbers flowed around our right, held by General Brannan, and occupied a low gap in the ridge of our defensive position, which commanded our rear. The moment was critical. Twenty minutes more and our right would have been turned, our position taken in reverse, and probably the army routed.
Fortunately, Major-General Granger, whose troops had been posted to cover our left and rear, with the instinct, of a true soldier and a general, hearing the roar of battle on our left, and being beyond the reach of orders from the general commanding, determined to move to its assistance. He advanced and soon encountered the enemy's skirmishers, whom he disregarded, well knowing that at stage of the conflict, the battle was not there. Posting Colonel Daniel McCook's brigade to take care of anything in the vicinity and beyond the left our line, he moved the remainder to the scene of action, reporting to General Thomas, who directed him to our suffering right.
Arrived in sight, General Granger discovered at once the peril and the point of danger - the gap. Quick as thought he directed his advance brigade upon the enemy. General Steedam, taking a regimental color, the column. Swift the charge and terrible the conflict, but the enemy was broken. A thousand of our brave