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ns noted above, no change has occurred since the date of my last letter. There is still some doubt felt in regard to the reinforcements alleged to have been received by Rosecrans. One day we hear that the forces lately in East Tennessee, under Burnside, have certainly arrived, and again that several trains loaded with troops have been seen by our pickets below to arrive at Stevenson; and on the next it is affirmed most positively that no reinforcements whatever have come up, either from BurnsiBurnside, Grant, or Meade. My own opinion is that additional forces have been received, and that the time has passed when we could hope to force Rosecrans out of Chattanooga, except by a flank movement upon Nashville, or the destruction of his line of communications to the rear. Twenty thousand men, if properly previsioned, can hold the place indefinitely. Gen. Forrest, unwilling it is said to report to Gen. Wheeler, has been granted a leave of absence. There is but little harmony or unity in
The Daily Dispatch: October 12, 1863., [Electronic resource], The situation at Chattanooga — the Yankee Fortracatrous. (search)
The situation at Chattanooga — the Yankee Fortracatrous. The Atlanta Appeal, of the 6th inst., says: By a look at the map it will be perceived that if the Yankees are allowed to concentrate a large army at Stevenson, Bragg will be placed in the same position that he was in when Rosecrans made the demonstration on Wills's valley; when, with a large army in front of him, chafing to recover the disaster of the previous fight, and a fresh army on his left flank, with the army of Burnside, who has probably received large reinforcements from the tories of East Tennessee, on his right, another retrograde movement may become necessary, unless steps are taken to counteract the movements of the enemy. There is no time to be lost. We must prepare not only to meet the additional strength that is to be hurled against us, but also to drive it back. We must have East Tennessee, at least, not only to open up our lines of communication with the East, but also to be able to obtain the