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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 3. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—--the Mississippi. (search)
d pressed; Kautz came back to its assistance and succeeded in relieving it, but only after a desperate and sanguinary struggle. Toward nightfall he was finally able to regain the banks of the Cumberland. A few days later a Federal column commanded by Colonel Sanders crossed this river higher up for the purpose of attempting a much bolder and more important reconnoissance. Traversing the whole Cumberland plateau, Sanders had suddenly made his appearance in East Tennessee, passed between Kingston and Clinton, reached and destroyed the railroad at Lenoir Station; then, making a feint in the direction of Knoxville, had passed north of that city, cut the railroad once more at Strawberry Plains and at Mossy Creek, and finally re-entered Kentucky by way of Barton village. General Burnside had ordered these reconnoissances in order to pave the way for the army he was to lead during the summer into East Tennessee—a country which, as we have already stated, had remained faithful at heart t