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at Bridgeport, by which a most important gateway to Georgia was opened to the enemy, and the possession of all our rich mineral deposits of coal, iron, and saltpetre placed in imminent danger. A guard of about 200 men had been placed by General Leadbetter on the western end of the bridges at Bridgeport. These are two in number, resting for their termini upon an island in the middle of the river, and distant about thirty miles from Chattanooga. On Tuesday last word was brought to Gen. Lead better at Chattanooga, that the enemy was advancing and had in the pickets of the guard stationed at the bridges. Accordingly, Gen. L. started for the scene of action with a special train, taking with him reinforcements to the number of 300 men. Soon after his arrival the enemy approached to the number, as was supposed, of ten to fifteen hundred, and opened fire upon our men. An instant stampede followed, in which Gen. Leadbetter led better than anybody else, according to the accoun