13.-fight at Campbell's Station, Tenn.
Knoxville, Tenn., November 7, 1863.
The first engagement of any consequence between our forces and those of Longstreet, in the retreat to Knoxville, took place yesterday, at Campbell's Station — a little collection of houses on the Kingston road, where it forms a junction witKnoxville, took place yesterday, at Campbell's Station — a little collection of houses on the Kingston road, where it forms a junction with the road to Loudon.
During the night of Sunday, the rebels made three different charges on our position at Lenoir, with the intention of capturing the batteries on the right of our position; but every onset was met and repulsed.
In the morning, our troops again took up the march in retreat, and the rebels pushed our rear-guarking of the enemy's progress until our trains were out of danger, and as he was not desirous of risking another engagement until he reached the fortifications at Knoxville, the retreat began once more, and it is reasonable to suppose, as the enemy gave no pursuit until the morning, that they were unaware of the movement, and expect
g them somewhere in China, perhaps about the great wall.
The Yankees were retreating toward the Devil hole.
Early bound for the same place!
They did very little damage in the valley.
Here is the moral: The marshals under Napoleon's eye were invincible — with separate commands, blunderers.
A general of division, with General Robert E. Lee to plan and put him in the right place, does well.
Mosby would plan and execute a fight or strategic movement better than Longstreet at Suffolk or Knoxville, Tubal Early at Staunton.
Jackson's blunt response to some parlor or bar-room strategist in Richmond, More men, but fewer orders, was wisdom in an axiom — true then, just as true now as when the hero of the valley uttered it. It is difficult to direct, especially by couriers, the movement of troops a hundred miles distant, among mountains the ranking general never saw, except on an inaccurate map. It is not every commander who can point out roads he never heard of, and by-paths he never d