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eart against the guerrillas in the neighborhood of his father's home — for he knew they were guilty of his brother's murder — that it was with difficulty I could persuade him to continue in the employment of the Government, so determined was he to avenge his brother's death at the first opportunity. Finally, however, I succeeded in quieting the almost uncontrollable rage that seemed to possess him, and he remained with me during the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns; but when we reached Knoxville the next winter, he took his departure, informing me that he was going for the bushwhackers who had killed his brother. A short time after he left me, I saw him at the head of about thirty well-armed East Tennesseeans-refugees. They were determined-looking men, seeking revenge for the wrongs and sufferings that had been put upon them in the last two years, and no doubt wreaked their vengeance right and left on all who had been in any way instrumental in persecuting them. The feeding
concluded it was better to run all risks than to let the horses die of starvation in Chattanooga. Later, after the battle of Missionary Ridge, when I started to Knoxville, the company joined me in excellent shape, bringing with it an abundance of food, including a small herd of beef cattle. The whole time my line remained nearoops from West Tennessee. During this period of activity the enemy committed the serious fault of detaching Longstreet's corps-sending it to aid in the siege of Knoxville in East Tennessee-an error which has no justification whatever, unless it be based on the presumption that it was absolutely necessary that Longstreet should ultimately rejoin Lee's army in Virginia by way of Knoxville and Lynchburg, with a chance of picking up Burnside en route. Thus depleted, Bragg still held Missionary Ridge in strong force, but that part of his line which extended across the intervening valley to the northerly point of Lookout Mountain was much attenuated. By the 1
Ordered to return to Chattanooga March to Knoxville collecting subsistence stores a clever strout the country in the immediate vicinity of Knoxville, however; therefore my division did not cros the surplus down the river to the troops at Knoxville. The intense loyalty of this part of Tenlatboats had begun, I was ordered to move to Knoxville, on account of demonstrations by Longstreet ction of Blain's crossroads. On arriving at Knoxville, an inspection of my command, showed that ths. In the course of time the wagons reached Knoxville, but my troops derived little comfort from ting, and on its return, just before reaching Knoxville, the quartermaster in charge, Captain Philiposter, Parke, and Granger having remained at Knoxville and Strawberry Plains, their absence left meGeneral Sherman, after assuring himself that Knoxville was safe. devolved the command on place, General Grant had made a visit to Knoxville — about the last of December-and arranged to[9 more...]