The falling back in Tennessee.
has certainly retreated to Shelbyville
, thirty miles from his victory at Murfreesboro
' as he did last fall from his victory at Perryville
.--On this occasion he has saved his prisoners, captured guns, stores, &c. But if he has retired
(that is the fashionable phrase on our side, as "a change of base" is on the other,) to Shelbyville
with his whole army he has thrown East Tennessee
entirely open to the Yankees
There is a very strong position beginning with Shelbyville
on the left, extending across the railroad running from Nashville
, at or near its junction with the Shelbyville
road, with its centre at a place called Decker
's, and its right terminating in the Cumber land Mountains — the whole distance being twenty-five miles from left to right, which, we understand, military men thought last summer ought to be the place to defend East Tennessee
It may be that Bragg
has fallen back to this position.
If he has, all is right.
But if he has merely gotten out of the way, with the design to go to reinforce the army facing Grant
, which three hundred miles off, then Eastern Tennessee
is in great danger, if Rosecrans
wishes to take it. If he should once get possession of it, 200,000 men cannot dislodge him. And East Tennessee
is precisely the very portion of the Confederacy
which it is most inconvenient for as to lose, since it cuts it completely in two.
The New York Herald
says the Yankees
lost 20,000 men in the battle of the 31st, but were victorious!
That is a lie on the face of it. There is no doubt that our men beat the Yankees
, as they always do — as they did at Perryville
last summer — and that General Bragg
has repeated the game he played then; that is to say, he has become alarmed at his own success and run away from it. One would think that memorable example would have been enough.