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[187] was obliged to confine himself to the task of defending a portion of the country he had conquered with so much daring and good fortune; this task occupied him during the entire siege of Corinth, and subjected his troops to great fatigue, being obliged as they were to range themselves along a line too much extended for their numbers. On the 13th of May, General Negley occupied Rodgersville on the right, on the Huntsville and Florence road; in the early part of June, he was sent to the extreme left, to menace Chattanooga and give chase to parties of Confederate cavalry, whose incursions were multiplying on that side.

Among the expeditions undertaken by Mitchell's soldiers at this period, we must mention one which, despite its tragic termination, shows what a small band of daring men could attempt in America; it will give the reader an idea of the peculiar kind of warfare which served as an interlude to the regular campaigns of large armies. An individual named Andrews, employed in the secret service of Buell, and twenty-two soldiers selected by him, went to Chattanooga, under different disguises, and thence to Marietta in Georgia, which had been assigned them as a place of rendezvous, and which was situated in the very centre of the enemy's country. Once assembled, they got on board a train of cars loaded with Confederate troops and ammunition. During the trip this train stopped, as usual, near a lonely tavern, close to the track; everybody got out, and both engineer and fireman went quietly to breakfast. Andrews took advantage of their absence to jump upon the locomotive, which was detached by his men, with three cars, from the rest of the train; they started off at full speed, leaving their fellow-travellers in a state of stupefaction. At the stations where they stopped they quietly answered that they were carrying powder to Beauregard's army. Presently they began the work of destruction which they had projected; they cut the telegraphic wires, tore up the rails behind them, and proceeded to fire the bridges which they reached on their way to Chattanooga. They hoped to arrive at that city before the news of their expedition had been spread abroad, to pass rapidly through it and join Mitchell at Huntsville. But it was necessary to avoid the trains running in the opposite direction. One of these trains, which they had just passed on the way, after exchanging the

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