The Secretary of War
yesterday received a dispatch from Gen. McKown
, commanding in East Tennessee
, dated Knoxville
, Sept, 19th, in which he states that the Federal
forces evacuated Cumberland Gap
on Thursday night, and that General Stevenson
was pursuing them.
Previous statements with reference to the condition of affairs had induced the belief that the enemy were hemmed in, and that an escape was impossible, but this dispatch indicates that the real position of things has been little understood.
If the enemy has evacuated, it is fair to presume that we had no force to oppose him North of the Gap
, and that his escape has been effected in that direction.
The announcement that Gen. Stevenson
is pursuing him amounts to little, for of course he does not mean to be overtaken.