far off as Blain's cross-roads, twenty miles. He, accordingly, fell upon the national cavalry at Bean's station, with a superior force, and compelled it to retreat, handling it roughly, and capturing a wagon-train loaded with supplies.
The troops were thus subjected to the mortification of retreat, at the very moment when they should have been pushing the enemy into Virginia.
Parke's advance fell back as far as Blain's roads.
Longstreet then moved to the south side of the Holston, at Russelville, and ordered his command to make shelters for the winter.
The country was rich, abounding in grain and meat.
The rebels had suffered greatly for want of rations and forage, and nothing more fortunate for them could have occurred, than that this corps should remain in East Tennessee.
There, all winter, Longstreet did remain, threatening Foster, and subsisting off of a population for the most part loyal.
His position occasioned great anxiety to the government and to Grant.