|Lt. Gen. William J. Hardee|
Hardee set his men to work constructing breastworks. Fearing possible attack, in the first weeks of November Hardee hurried his men to complete a line of defense. By the third week in November, he had his men working day and night.
The urgency of the task was real: Elements of Union Gen. William T. Sherman's army are not far out and will arrive to reinforce Thomas in Chattanooga on the 14th.