n December 17th Forrest, with three thousand men, was sent into western Tennessee to destroy the railroads in the rear of Grant's army in western Tennessee and northern Mississippi.
Morgan with two brigades, Duke's and Breckinridge's, thirty-nine h they were destroyed by the Confederates, and when the Army of Northern Virginia shot its weight in men from the ranks of Grant's army in the fearful campaign of 1864, the ranks were as constantly replenished.
In the wake of the raiders stirruprailroad bridge across the Cumberland, 1864: gates ready to be shut against the Confederates
By all means, telegraphed Grant to Thomas, avoid a foot-race to see which, you or Hood, can beat to the Ohio.
This was the voicing of the Union general'umberland, but it proved that only a small detachment had been sent out to reconnoiter — sufficient, however, to occasion Grant's telegram.
Note the huge gates at the end of the bridge ready to be rushed shut in a moment.
The valley of the Cumbe