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The Daily Dispatch: August 31, 1863., [Electronic resource], The advance of Rosecrans — a battle Imminent — Burnside advancing on Knoxville. (search)
cavalry and mounted infantry. A portion of his force had reached a place called Clinton, in Anderson county, some twenty miles from Knoxville and was committing all manner of depredations along their route. Several severe skirmishes had occurred, but no general battle had been fought. The Yankee advance had been much retarded by the gallant defence made by our troops, but the resistance had not been in sufficient strength to altogether check their onward movement. It is supposed that a heavy engagement will ensue in a very short time. Knoxville, we are assured, will be defended at all hazards. Gen. Polk commands our forces. In connection with this movement the Union men near New Market, on the East Tennessee railroad, a short distance from Bristol, burnt a bridge and tore up the track in several places on Thursday. The object was to prevent reinforcements being sent to Knoxville. The damage done by these traitors is very small, and we learn can be repaired in two days.