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p. Many of our poor fellows are still struggling and straggling along the road, painfully striving to reach a harbor of rest. This march was as disastrous as a battle and defeat. I have no time now, even if I were not severely fatigued, to depict the wretched picture. I will do it hereafter. The 14th, 17th, and 38th Ohio will encamp here. The Tennesseeans and 3d Kentucky regiments were ordered back to London, after the advance of the former had reached a point three miles beyond Mount Vernon.--Many of the Tennesseeans went back before orders were issued to that effect, proclaiming their intentions to return home. Our march has temporarily disabled the entire brigade, and large numbers will be in hospital in a day or two. So ends the "great Cumberland Gap expedition." Last night, the Thirty-eighth Ohio encamped five miles south of London. During the night a decayed tree was blown down in camp and several men dangerously wounded--one said to be fatally. The same c