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[82] was dispersed on various errands of secondary importance, and once more the railroad of last year was solemnly ordered to be repaired, this time by Sherman. In September a fall from his horse in New Orleans confined Grant to his bed for twenty-one days. While he was still in bed, General Rosecrans, after preliminary success in Tennessee, got himself into the gravest difficulties at the battle of Chickamauga, where, but for the splendid fight that Thomas made the second day, he would certainly have been destroyed by General Bragg. As it was, the Union forces escaped, and retired into Chattanooga. The army could no longer attack. Very soon it could no longer retreat. Order was nowhere, and starvation was approaching. Jefferson Davis visited Bragg during this time, and, looking down from a rock upon the beleaguered, helpless army, felt much natural joy. Like Donelson, like Vicksburg, like Corinth, Chattanooga also was

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