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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 4: campaign of the Army of the Cumberland from Murfreesboro'to Chattanooga. (search)
the Clinch River, where communication was had with Colonel Minty's cavalry, of Rosecrans's extreme left; another, under General Shackelford, for Loudon Bridge, farther up the Tennessee; and a third, under Colonel Foster, for Knoxville, on the Holston River. Bird and Foster reached their respective destinations on the first of September, without opposition, but when Shackelford approached Loudon, he found the Confederates there in considerable force, and strongly posted. After a brisk skirmishor four days, when Burnside joined Shackelford, with cavalry and artillery, from Knoxville, and Frazer surrendered. Sept. 9, 1863. In the mean time a cavalry force had gone up the valley to Bristol, destroyed the bridges over the Watauga and Holston rivers, and driven the armed Confederates over the line into Virginia. Thus, again, the important pass of Cumberland Gap See page 304, volume II. was put into the possession of the National troops, and the great valley between the Alleghany and
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 5: the Chattanooga campaign.--movements of Sherman's and Burnside's forces. (search)
e there was a wide space of country between the belligerents. While Burnside was thus engaged in spreading his army so as to cover many points southward of the Holston and Tennessee rivers, Longstreet was ordered to make his way up the line of the East Tennessee and Georgia railway, to seize Knoxville, and drive the Nationals out bearing of some. of the troops of General W. P. Sanders, of Kentucky, who was in immediate command at Knoxville. Knoxville is on the northern bank of the Holston River, one of the main streams that form the Tennessee-River, and a large portion of it stands on a table-land, 150 feet above the river, about a mile square in areao offered determined resistance, drove them from the ridge they occupied, and making his Headquarters at the fine mansion of R. H. Armstrong, near the bank of the Holston, less than a Longstreet's Headquarters. mile from Fort Sanders, planted batteries a little in advance of it. In the attack on Sanders's right, that leader was
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 10: the last invasion of Missouri.--events in East Tennessee.--preparations for the advance of the Army of the Potomac. (search)
he Morristown and Cumberland Gap road, he turned Dec. 14, 1863. sharply upon his pursuers. A brisk conflict was kept up until night, when the Nationals had been pushed back nearly a mile. The contest was indecisive, but somewhat sanguinary, Shackleford, who was in chief command of the pursuers, losing about two hundred men. Longstreet's loss, it was computed, was much greater. He sought, during the struggle, to strike Shackleford in the rear, by sending a force down the left bank of the Holston, to cross at Kelly's Ford, and come up from the west. The vigilant General Ferrero prevented this movement, by sending General Humphrey to hold that ford. Longstreet, being unable to follow up his advantage acquired at Bean's Station, on account of the snow and cold, a large number of his men being barefooted, now fell back toward Bull's Gap, at the junction of the Rogersville branch with the main railway. General Burnside had now retired from the command of the Army of the Ohio, which