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The Daily Dispatch: December 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], Averill's movements in Western Virginia. (search)
correct. The force which engaged Gen. Imboden's attention at Shenandoah Mountain, west of Staunton, seems to have had no immediate connection with Averill's command. The latter moved up the South Branch Valley from Hardy county. After their check on Monday it is believed they fell back to Moorefield. These movements of the enemy would seem to have a double object. First, to prevent our forces from reaching the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, with a view to conceal the transfer of troops from Grant's army to that of Gen. Meade, on the Rappahannock; and, second, the interruption of railroad communication between Gen. Lee's army and our forces in Southwestern Virginia and East Tennessee. Salem, in Roanoke county, which has been reached by the enemy, is not immediately on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, but about one mile distant therefrom. It is about sixty miles southwest of Lynchburg, and is the county seat of Roanoke. The country around is rich and productive.
and prisoners, were after all very inconsiderable. The principal loss was in cannon, and of these he did not lose as many as were gained in the previous battle. Grant found it impossible to follow up his victory. He never yet has been able to accomplish that very difficult task of "following up."--In his last achievement he recalent of the Confederacy which can be spared from other posts. Lee cannot be relinquished in his present position, especially if the best of the Yankee Generals — Grant — is to be placed in command of the Army of the Potomac. Nor can Beauregard be withdrawn from Charleston so long as danger menaces that city. But there are others whose services could be called into requisition without damage to other interests. In the failure of Grant to follow up his Chickamauga success, a golden oppor tunity is presented for the organization of an army which shall set at defiance any further Federal invasion of Georgia, and carry the war into the enemy's country.