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ere asleep, and of course were taken in their blankets. Advancing up the hill, called by some Sand Hill, overlooking the river, the Federal came suddenly upon Gen. Law's infantry pickets — all of whom but one man are reported to have followed the example of the vide, and gone to sleep — captured most of them or drove them in, and ookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the river at Brown's ferry. There was but one brigade of infantry (Law's) on picket at the time, and that was strung along the river from Lookout mountain to a point five miles below. It was impossible for so small a force, thus widely distributed, to prevent a landing in the night. It is reported that the President has offered Gen. Polk his choice of three commands, viz: At