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and Hooker, were all present at the affair, having come out, doubtless, to witness the humiliation of the Confederates. They discovered, however, that Bragg's army was not the routed and demoralized rabble they had imagined it to be, and consequently they abandoned the pursuit, and fell back upon Missionary Ridge. --They were not ambuscaded, as was at first reported. The fight was an open, stand-up affair, in which the enemy had the advantage in numbers and Cleburne in position. Gen. Breckinridge has been relieved of his command with this army. Gen. Hindman is expected here in a few days, when he and Gen. Cheatham, being the two ranking Major Generals, will be assigned to the command of the two corps of the army. You will be surprised and mortified to learn that this army is not free from the vice of intemperance. I refer to the painful subject here merely to warn those officers who are guilty of this abominable offence that, if I forbear for the present to publish their
The Daily Dispatch: December 11, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Yankee army Police System--Gen. Morgan's plans Betrayed. (search)
e General if the troops could be paid off before going into Kentucky. Morgan said they could be paid. He asked the Colonel if he wanted any money. The Colonel said yes, that he wanted commutation for fifty days. In marching they do not issue rations. Heard Major Steel say that the command would be at Sparts in the morning.--Learned from officers at McMinnville that there were near 25,000 troops at Tullabours, that they were fortifying there, and at Manchester and Shelbyville, and that Breckinridge was at Manchester. While at McMinnville I saw the telegraph operator, who invited me to his office. He was just sending to Bragg the news I had brought. While in his office he received a dispatch from either Richmond or Charleston, saying that France had interfered, and that commissioners were to meet in Central Mexico. A. B. Johnson. Then follows, in the original, a letter from Mrs. Gen. Morgan to her sister, and other letters, and the spy proceeds with his statement: