It was confronted at Tullahoma by the vastly superior forces of Rosecrans.
General Simon Buckner was holding East
Tennessee with a force entirelyd not doubt that there would be an early advance of this formidable line-that Rosecrans would press on him, and Burnside simultaneously fall upon Buckner-and he kneweat to the south of the Tennessee river.
But retreat to the army in front of Rosecrans was in no wise easy or free from hazard.
To cross the Tennessee, with the Feurnside — the latter especially-and to retard their advance and junction with Rosecrans until after reinforcements he was expecting from Virginia should arrive.
He his plans, save by an energetic use of his cavalry.
While vigorously pushing Rosecrans' outposts with the divisions of Martin and Wharton, in accordance with this phe object of greatest moment.
Notwithstanding the sound military reasons why Rosecrans' plans should not be interrupted by the withdrawal of troops upon which he re