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bal declarations made on the eve of battle, and attempting to apply them to the movements of an army in battle. No court of justice would listen at them as evidence of anything for a single moment.
I regret very much the necessity that compels me to make this statement, but I make it in the interests of truth and justice, and with feelings of sorrow that there should be any occasion for it.
Yours, very truly,
W. L. BRAGG.
Lookout Mountain Report of General John K. Jackson.
HEADQUARTERS CHEATHAM'S DIVISION, NEAR DALTON, GA., 21st December, 1863.
Major J. J. REEVE, Assistant Adjutant-General:
Major My report of the unfortunate disaster on Lookout mountain on the 24th instant has been somewhat delayed in con- sequence of the delay of the brigade commanders in sending their reports to me, the last of which that of Brigadier- General Moore was received this day. The result of that day's operations, and the character of the reports of brigade commanders, which are herewith sent inclosed, require of me a report more in detail than I would otherwise make it, and will excuse the personal cast which it assumes.
On the 9th November, 1863, in conformity with orders from army headquarters, being temporarily in command of Cheatham's divi- sion, I reported to Major-General W. H. T. Walker. A reorganiza- tion of the army having just taken place, I had with me to report to General Walker but one brigade of the division Wright's bri- gade having been left at Charlestown, Tennessee, under orders, and Moore's and Walthall's brigades having not then reported to me under the new organization. My headquarters were located on the west side of Chattanooga creek at a point advised by General Walker, and my brigade was placed where he directed. On the same day, I was invited by General Walker to accompany him and Lieutenant-General Hardee to the Cravens house, which I did. The ground in that neighboroood was passed over, viewed and dis- cussed, but no line to fight on was recommended by any one pres- ent; indeed, it was agreed on all hands that the position was one extremely difficult of defence against a strong force of the enemy