Ascertaining from scouts and deserters that Bragg was dispatching Longstreet from the front, and moving him iout Mountain, as contemplated in the original plan.
Gen. Bragg's rebel movements.
A deserter from the rebel army, winto our lines on the night of the 22d of November reported Bragg falling back.
The following letter from Bragg, received byBragg, received by flag of truce on the 20th, tended to confirm this report:
Headq'rs Army of Tennessee, in the field, Nov. 20, 1863.
Mm, General, very respectfully, your obedient servant, Brenton Bragg, General Commanding.
Not being willing that was evidently not intended to deceive; but he had mistaken Bragg's movements.
It was afterwards ascertained that one divisithe railroad between Dalton and Cleveland, and thus cut off Bragg's communication with Longstreet, which was successfully acc within supporting distance of the forces operating against Bragg's army.
In behalf of my command, I again desire to thank y
upon these points is remarkable, and shows that the valley and ferry were the key to his whole position, and that if we had held there, for one week longer, as Gen. Bragg believes we ought and could have done, the enemy would have been forced to evacuate Chattanooga for want of supplies.
The reader will remember with what clearness all these things were pointed out at the time by our correspondent.
The report is conclusive upon the act that Bragg displayed much foresight when he invested the town, instead of attempting a flank movement across the river and mountains into Middle Tennessee.
As to the movement of Longstreet upon Knoxville, but little n that he would be able to effect the reduction of the place and return to Chattanooga before the arrival from Memphis of Sherman's corps, of the movements of which Bragg kept himself well informed Whether the obstacles which Longstreet encountered were more formidable than had been anticipated, or whether he moved with the rapidity