nk of the river, and follow his lieutenant, Kirby Smith, who had left Knoxville at the same time ashich had strongly entrenched itself there.
Kirby Smith crossed the Alleghanies at Big Creek Gap, thole of that painful retreat.
Meanwhile, Kirby Smith was rapidly advancing through Kentucky with sustained them—confidence in their chief.
Kirby Smith had it all his own way. All he had to do waad finally reached Loudon on the very day that Smith had taken up the line of march with his columnh was approaching Loudon by the direct route.
Smith, in fact, by means of forced marches, had travpassed rapidly from mouth to mouth.
It was Kirby Smith's cavalry coming to complete the disaster o their mercy.
On the first of September, Kirby Smith entered Lexington amid the plaudits of a po Chattanooga; by establishing himself here, Kirby Smith would have been able to protect the right f as we have seen, to mask the expedition of Kirby Smith.
Having accomplished this task, he again j