The strongest Fortification in the Confederacy.
--An army correspondent of the Knoxville (Tenn.) Register,
writing from Cumberland Gap
I consider to be the strongest fortification in the Southern Confederacy, and its natural advantages are such that with little labor and expense it may be made impregnable.
I do not believe it will ever be assailed.
The enemy know it too well.
For one hundred miles in Kentucky
, from the Gap
, is a perfect wilderness of dense forest and rugged mountain range, perfectly destitute of forage, and through which an army of any considerable force could not be engineered successfully.
Even to ascend the mountain road at the gap seems almost a herculean task, and the invader who climbs it will certainly be in bad condition for a fight after the ascent is accomplished — especially in the face of rifled cannon and Minnie muskets.
The various gaps in the Cumberland mountain
range are alike difficult of approach on account of the condition of the roads during a winter season, and any one of them, I believe, could be easily defended with a force less than half that the enemy will be likely to bring against either one of them.