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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)
on was advanced to the latter section of the road, to hold it. At the same time Stanley swept down in a southwesterly direction, by way of Fayetteville and Athens, to cover the line of the Tennessee from Whitesburg up. As forage was scarce in the mountain region over which he was to pass, and Bragg had consumed the last blade of grass, Rosecrans delayed his advance until the Indian corn in cultivated spots was sufficiently grown to furnish a supply. Meanwhile; he gathered army supplies at Tracy City and Stevenson, At the latter place the Nashville and Chattanooga railway and the Memphis and Charleston railway conjoin, making it a very important point in a military point of view. and thoroughly picketed the railway from Cowan to Bridgeport. Finally, at the middle of August, the army went Picket Hut near Stevenson. forward to cross the Tennessee River at different points, for the purpose of capturing Chattanooga. Thomas's corps took the general direction of the railway; the divi