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[491] time in six months, pushed Morgan into Kentucky, with directions to carry once more the axe and the torch into the midst of Rosecrans' depots.

Forrest profited by the skirmishing that took place in the neighborhood of Nashville, between the 9th and 13th of December, to disguise his movement from the Federals. Marching toward the south-west, he followed nearly to Waynesboroa the Nashville and Eastport Railroad, which was then abandoned, and on the 13th of December he crossed the Tennessee at Clifton. He then found himself in the district of East Tennessee, near the network of railway lines through which Grant's army received its supplies. We shall leave him there, for we have given an account of this part of his expedition in the preceding chapter. It is sufficient to state again in this place that after destroying considerable portions of the railroad and taking a large number of prisoners, Forrest was himself completely beaten at Parker's Cross-roads on the 31st of December. He crossed the Tennessee at Clifton immediately after, and, carefully avoiding the Federals, rejoined Bragg's army about the same time as Morgan.

The latter set off a few days later than Forrest. Throwing small parties of cavalry in different directions, so as to mask his movements, he crossed the Cumberland at Gainesville (or Gainesborough), and occupied the village of Glasgow, in Kentucky, on the 24th of December. He had thus avoided the vicinity of Rosecrans' left wing; and without meeting any other foe than the small garrison of Glasgow, which he soon compelled to beat a retreat, he found himself in close proximity to the principal line of the Kentucky railways. This line leaves the banks of the Ohio at Louisville; running directly south, it reaches the village of Elizabethtown, after passing through a tunnel of considerable length and crossing the chain of hills which separates the waters of Salt River from those of Green River, and crosses the latter water-course at Munfordsville; a little beyond this point, at the Mammoth Cave station, formerly frequented by tourists in consequence of the celebrated caves, the principal line inclines to the south-west, whilst a branch of it follows the original direction as far as Glasgow. At Bowling Green, on Big Barren River, we

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