ear the mouth of South Chickamauga, where they were kept concealed from the enemy until they were ready to force a crossing.--Pontoons for throwing a bridge across the river were built and placed in North Chickamauga, near its mouth, a few miles further up, without attracting the attention of the enemy.
It was expected we would be able to effect the crossing on the 21st of November; but, owing to heavy rains, Sherman was unable to get up until the afternoon of the 23d, and then only with Gens Morgan's, L. Smith's, John E Smith's, and Hugh Ewing's divisions of the 15th corps, under command of Major Gen Frank P Blair, of his army.
The pontoon bridge at Brown's Ferry having been broken up by the drift consequent upon the rise in the river and rafts sent down by the enemy, the other division (Osterhans's) was detained on the south side, and was on the night of the 23d ordered, unless it could get across by eight o'clock the next morning, to report to Hooker, who was instructed in this e
nding takes great pleasure in announcing to the army the series of successes that by the favor of God have been achieved by our armies.
A part of the enemy's forces threatening the Valley of Virginia has been routed by Gen Imboden and driven back to the Potomac, with the loss of their train and a number of prisoners.
Another body of the enemy, under General Averill, penetrated to the Va. and Tenn railroad at Dublin Depot.
A portion of this force has been dispersed by Gens Morgan and W E Jones, who are in pursuit of the remainder.
The army of Gen Banks has sustained a severe defeat in Western Louisiana by the forces of Gen Kirby Smith, and returned to Alexandria, losing several thousand prisoners, thirty-five pieces of artillery, and a large number of wagons, whilst some of the most formidable gunboats that accom- panied the expedition were destroyed to save them from capture.
"V. The expedition of Gen. Steele into Western Arkansas has ended in a co