roads were strown with artillery and small arms, ammunition and baggage, and the wounded and stragglers were found in large numbers.
No such utter defeat had been inflicted upon the rebel forces in any great battle of the war. At Antietam
the enemy had been worsted with heavy loss, and, his invasion thoroughly checked, he had retired suddenly, but in order, and choosing his own time.
the rebel army had been driven from a position of great natural strength, fortified with skill and defended with stubbornness, and, routed and. demoralized, it had been chased back with heavy losses into the heart of the rebel Confederacy.
As soon as the pursuit terminated on the day following the victory, Grant
to East Tennessee
to the. relief of Burnside
, who had already repulsed Longstreet
in a desperate assault at Knoxville
The approach of Sherman
's forces caused Longstreet
to retire, and Knoxville
was left secure.
“Considering the strength of the rebel position,” says General Halleck
, “and the difficulty of storming his intrenchments, the battle of Chattanooga
must be regarded as one of the most remarkable in history.”
And such is the testimony of other experienced and scientific soldiers at home and abroad.
Without forgetting the gallant services of the officers and soldiers under him, the great glory of that splendid victory must be awarded to Grant
, who came, fed, strengthened, and encouraged a besieged and dispirited army, and marshalled it for battle.
To him the untiring director of all the operations, the vigorous mover and efficient feeder of troops, the able strategist and skilful