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The Daily Dispatch: November 16, 1863., [Electronic resource], A Bird's-eye view of Rosecrans's retreat. (search)
orning, after the battle of Chickamauga, which we have not seen in print. Forrest led the cavalry advance, and with his command pushed boldly forward to the topery limb, they clambered from their perch and rolled on the ground in front of Forrest. A brief investigation ascertained that they were sharpshooters, who had not had bored holes in its sides, and placed a stairway of pegs along its trunk. Forrest immediately mounted these, and with the eagerness and agility of a boy bounded promised land, beheld no fairer vision than swam before the delighted eyes of Forrest. The day was bright and clear. The clouds of smoke which floated, like awere no fortifications erected or being erected. All was haste and fear. Forrest called from his elevated position to an officer: "Write back to Gen. Bragg andg. Every hour he loses is the loss of a thousand men." Such were the words of Forrest, and they were duly dispatched. Again and again did he send back the same mes