I will tell you how it happened.
The Yankees came out from Nashville a week ago yesterday, with baggage marked to Bridgeport and Chattanooga.
A column confronted General Hardee's corps d'armee, say at Triune — another General Polk's advance les long, three to four miles in front of Murfreesboro, Yankees at Stewart's Creek, ten miles from there advancing upon Bridgeport and Chattanooga.
That day and Monday we intrenched and got otherwise ready.
Yankees approached slowly, getting ready to south, the pathway of the battle lay in the same direction.
The enemy was, therefore, not a great way further from Bridgeport and Chattanooga at this point of time than in the morning when the battle opened.
That is to say, he was not driven baver to-day might be construed into a purpose to stay where he is until rested, preparatory to continuing his journey to Bridgeport and Chattanooga.
As addendum I must mention an incident of Wednesday's battle.
Gen. Alexander McDowell McCook's hea