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y as our means of transportation permitted. The force detached was probably exaggerated to Major-General Thomas; for on the 23d the Federal army advanced to Ringgold, on the 24th drove in our outposts, and on the 25th skirmished at Mill Creek gap and in Crow valley, east of Rocky Face mountain. We were successful at both planth, from North Alabama. Major-General Wheeler estimated the cavalry of that army at fifteen thousand. On the 5th of May, this army was in line between Ringgold and Tunnel Hill, and after skirmishing on that and the following day, on the 7th passed back our advanced troops to Mill Creek gap. On the same day Brigadier-Gethe great numerical superiority of the enemy made the chances of battle much against us, and, even if beaten, they had a safe refuge behind the fortified pass of Ringgold and in the fortress of Chattanooga. Our refuge, in case of defeat, was in Atlanta, one hundred miles off, with three rivers intervening. Therefore victory for