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nd twinkling lights, its groups of men and animals, and its lines of white-topped wagons, now strung like a necklace of pearls around the bosom of the hills.
The Federal had succeeded in effecting a junction with the Army of Chattanooga.
The question which naturally arises is, why did not Gen. Bragg throw his army in front of the advancing columns and check the movement?
The answer is in the shape of one of those stolid facts which even strategy cannot always stir.
On Monday night Gen. Thomas--or perhaps Grant, for he is now in Chattanooga — crossed a force of 6,000 men, first over the Tennessee at the edge of town, then over the neck of land known as the Moccasin, and finally over the river again at Brown's Ferry, in rear of Chattanooga, where, after a brief skirmish with one of our regiments, they took possession of the hills and commenced the work of fortification.
Simultaneously with this movement a column at Bridgeport, consisting of the 11th corps, Gen. Howard, and 12th