On 1 August, [on September 1] therefore, the 23rd Regiment was in a new sector of which it had only a limited knowledge. It took over a 16,000-yard (9+ Miles) Naktong River front without its 3d Battalion which had been attached to the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division. Colonel Freeman, the regimental commander, deployed the 1st Battalion on the high ground along the river with the three companies abreast. Actually, the 1st Battalion, under Lt. Col. Claire E. Hutchin, Jr., little more than out posted the hills with platoons and squads. He placed the 2nd Battalion in a reserve position approximately eight miles in the rear of the 1st Battalion and in a position where it commanded the road net in the regimental sector.