out three hundred men on foot.
There they turned eastward, their chief objective being the important cities of Rome and Atlanta, in Northern Georgia.
The former was the seat of extensive Confederate iron-works, and the latter the focus of several osecrans to pursue Bragg, and telegraphed
Sept. 11, 1863. to him to hold firmly the mountain-passes in the direction of Atlanta, to prevent the return of the Confederates until Burnside could connect with him, when it would be determined whether thrapidly gathering a large force in front of Pigeon Mountain, near Lafayette, while Longstreet was making his way up from Atlanta,
Finding Burnside in his way in East Tennessee, Longstreet had passed down through the Carolinas with his corps, to Augusta, in Georgia; thence to Atlanta, and then up the State Road (railway) toward Chattanooga. to swell the volume of the Confederate army to full eighty thousand men.
Deceived by Bragg's movements — uninformed of the fact that Lee had sent troo