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y was steep and rugged, and in some places almost bare, the timber having been cut away for firewood. Our pickets occupied the breast works below, while the infantry and artillery were distributed along the crest of the ridge from McFarlan's Gap almost to the mouth of the Chickamauga, a distance of six miles or more.--In addition to the natural strength of the position we had thrown up breastworks along the ridge wherever the ascent is easy. The Federal army was marshalled under Grant, Thomas, Hooker, and Sherman, and did not number less than 85,000 veteran troops. The Confederate army, under Bragg, Hardee, and Breckinridge, did not number half so many. Longstreet's Virginia divisions and other troops had been sent to East Tennessee. Had these been present with their steady leader at the head of them, we should have won a victory gone as complete as our defeat has been. As it was we ought to have won the day, and should had done so if our men had done as well as usual. Possi
The route to Atlanta. --It would appear from the following excerpt from the Louisville Journal of a recent date that Prentice thinks that Thomas's trouble would only have commenced when Bragg should have fallen back to Atlanta. A telegraphic report from Chattanooga is that Bragg's army is retreating in the direction of Rome and Atlanta. This may or may not be true. Atlanta is a powerful position, more powerful even than Chattanooga, and it would unquestionably be held for a considerable time against our troops by a far interior force. Gen. Thomas would have to advance slowly upon Atlanta, for the railroad would of course be destroyed in the front, and he would be getting further and further from his base of supplies which he already obtains with much difficulty and delay. A most serious trouble is, that the rebels have great facilities for interchanging forces between Tennessee and Virginia, and even to do this without our knowledge, whilst no corresponding faciliti