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Headq'rs in the field,On evacuating Chattanooga the enemy retired to Lafayette and massed a force at that place, taking possession of the gaps of Pigeon Mountain directly in front of General Thomas's column. The rebel force had been made formidable by new additions from Johnston, Hindman, Buckner, and Maury. Deserters report the enemy now superior in numbers to the army they had at the battle of Murfreesboro'. Among the divisions are Cheatham's, Deyes's, Claiborne's, Buckner's Stuart's, Hindman's, Slaughter's, and detached brigades of Jackson and Anderson — in all thirty-five brigades of infantry, not less than sixty-five thousand men. Thus formidable in numbers and position, Rosecrans was compelled to concentrate his forces, necessarily much scattered in crossing the Lookout Mountains. The lines of the opposing armies may now be represented as a crescent, shaped by the Pigeon Mountains, which extend like the are of a circle around Lafayette. The rebels hold the interior and we the exterior lines. The two forces are within a few miles of each other, but are effectually separated by the range of mountains. The rebel position can only be approached by the Cattlers, Wing and Bluebird Gaps, which are well guarded. This position of the rebels covers excellent lines of retreat on Rome and Calhoun, where they will probably make a new line should they be defeated here. There are rumors that they have been retiring for a day or two; but they are considered unreliable. Gen. Rosecrans left Chattanooga on Sunday, and is now engaged in making dispositions for a new situation. He has been ill, but is in fine spirits. In the fight with Negley the rebels lost over 30 killed. Our loss was 7 killed and 35 wounded.
Headquarters in the field,All is quiet. No attack has been made.--The enemy remains in possession of the gaps of Pigeon Mountains and about Lafayette. The lines are very close, and there is occasional skirmishing. Capt. Drury, Chief of Artillery of Gen. Van Cleve's staff, was shot in the bowels by a sharpshooter. The wound is dangerous. It is reported that Longstreet has arrived at Resaca with 20,000 men. Our army is in splendid health and spirits.
Headq'rs army of Cumberland,All is quiet, though there is constant skirmishing along the line, and frequent dashes of cavalry on both sides. The enemy does not appear anxious to attack, though he apparently intends to dispute further advance. He remains in constantly increasing force directly in front, a few miles distant, reviewing heavy reinforcements of old troops from General Lee's army. Longstreet passed through Augusta on the 10th and 11th inst., by rail to Resaca. Their advance has reached Lafayette. The rebels have been moving through the gap of Pigeon Mountain, and forming line on this side, as if to attack. General Rosecrans has assumed a strong defensive position on Chickamauga creek covering Chattanooga. He evinces no disposition to attack at present. The preparation to do so cannot all be completed for a few days, when a battle must ensue. General Stanley, of the cavalry corps, is very ill and has gone to the rear. General R. P. Mitchell succeeds to his command.
Headq's army of the Cumberland,All reports of an engagement here are false. The enemy has been busy to-day feeling our lines, and artillery duels have been brisk, with few casualties. The rebels may be busy getting into position for attacking to-morrow. Little doubt remains that either Longstreet's or Ewell's corps are here. Any day may bring on an engagement. The public will be informed at an early moment of the beginning and progress of the battle, if any occurs.
Headq's army of the Potomac,Yesterday afternoon a rain storm commenced, accompanied by thunder and lightning, increasing in fury during the night, and this morning the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers are rising very rapidly, and the small streams in the country are becoming impassable. Under the circumstance, it will be impossible for the army to move forward, as the roads have already become so soft as to preclude all kinds of land transportation. The prospect is that the rain, which is set down as the equinoctial storm, will be unusually severe and protracted. P. S.--The wind is blowing a fearful hurricane, and the rain is falling in torrents. The editor of the Star, who left Culpeper yesterday, says in his paper of to-day: ‘ On Wednesday night the Union line extended from Stevensburg through Culpeper Court-House to the Stone Mountain House, four miles north of the Court-House. Yesterday morning the line was changed, the army having advanced to a close proximity to the Rapidan river, where the rebel corps of A. P. Hill and Ewell are believed to be now strongly fortified. The army of the Potomac never was in as fine a condition as it is at this moment — so healthy, so cleanly clad, so well supplied, and with so much clan. It is worth to-day in a hard fight twice as much as it ever was before the battle of Gettysburg. ’ A letter from Parnestown, Md., on the upper Potomac, dated to-day, says: ‘Early yesterday morning from 200 to 500 rebel cavalry, said to be a portion of White's command, crossed the Potomac between Watt's branch and Muddy creek, and started towards the cross-roads, two miles from the river, where there had been a rendezvous of Scott's Nine Hundred. Gen. Heintzelman, who had arrived there on a tour of inspection, pursued them up the tow-path of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, pressing them so hard that they were compelled to recross the river below Edwards's Ferry.’
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