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Chapter 40: Inactivity in Tennessee capture of Colburn's expedition capture of Streight's expedi
advance of Rosecrans to Bridgeport
Burnside in east Tennessee
our force at Chattanooga
movement against Bur attanooga.
After the battle at Murfreesboro, in Tennessee, a period of inactivity ensued between the large a followed by the withdrawal of our forces from middle Tennessee, and a return to the occupation of Chattanooga nd wagon train, could march from the north into east Tennessee or southwest Virginia.
It was therefore occupi y explanation of this disaster which laid open Eastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia to hostile operation and also to assign General Grant to the command in Tennessee.
As early as September 23d the Eleventh and Twelf ac were detached, and sent under General Hooker to Tennessee, and assigned to protect Rosecrans's line of commu tion of his forces to the relief of Burnside in east Tennessee, where he was closely besieged by General Longs