, and of Shackelford's division of cavalry, comprising Carter's, Wolford's, and Foster's brigades — in all, some twenty thousand men. To these forces the Confederate ge on the Tennessee at Loudon, while Burnside was coming down upon Kingston and Foster was entering Knoxville without firing a gun. Buckner's troops were thus cut in rtillery, the Federals, about three hundred strong, were obliged to surrender.
Foster's brigade was immediately sent out to avenge this defeat, but the Confederates, satisfied with their success, had already fallen back upon Watauga, and Foster, without more troops, did not venture to go so far to seek them.
The conquest of Etrouble.
They evacuated their works in the night and burned the bridge.
While Foster's brigade, despatched in pursuit of the Confederates, was coming up with them noncentration of Bragg's army in the vicinity of La Fayette; on the same day General Foster had reported to him an unusual activity on the Richmond and Petersburg Rail