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and this will be done best by the destruction of bridges, &c., the blowing up of the culverts and tunnels. For this purpose blasting powder can be obtained at this place. The cavalry belonging to Brigadier-General Floyd's brigade has been ordered back to Chattanooga, and under your directions will be employed in scouting the country north of the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad and in the direction of Sparta, Tenn. There is a force of 1,200 to 1,500 infantry and cavalry, under Brigadier-General Lead-better, at Kingston, Tenn. You will take every precaution to check the disposition of the cavalry to maraud, and will direct them to report any advance of the enemy and its probable force. When these reports are well authenticated and important you will immediately send them to these headquarters. It is greatly desired that the large amount of commissary stores should be removed to Atlanta, Ga., as soon as possible, and you will give your special attention to this matter. Instru
at Bridgeport, by which a most important gateway to Georgia was opened to the enemy, and the possession of all our rich mineral deposits of coal, iron, and saltpetre placed in imminent danger. A guard of about 200 men had been placed by General Leadbetter on the western end of the bridges at Bridgeport. These are two in number, resting for their termini upon an island in the middle of the river, and distant about thirty miles from Chattanooga. On Tuesday last word was brought to Gen. Lead better at Chattanooga, that the enemy was advancing and had in the pickets of the guard stationed at the bridges. Accordingly, Gen. L. started for the scene of action with a special train, taking with him reinforcements to the number of 300 men. Soon after his arrival the enemy approached to the number, as was supposed, of ten to fifteen hundred, and opened fire upon our men. An instant stampede followed, in which Gen. Leadbetter led better than anybody else, according to the accoun
as it were, "fuel to the flame." Every one thought the "Philistines were on us," and your correspondent acknowledges a gentle tremor of the muscle and slight knocking together of the knees as he contemplated the manner in which he would have to "make tracks," or rest in the walls of some Northern bastille. But no enemy have made their appearance, and to-day things present a brighter and more cheering aspect, for we know that Chattanooga will not be taken right away. Last night, General Lead better ordered an advance of a portion of his command. They went own as far as Shellmound, and from there a scouting party was sent out which proceeded as far as the river.--They report that the enemy have retired beyond. Bridgeport. From all the facts I can pick up, I do not think they ever intended coming further than Bridgeport, and the destroying the bridge, but as our forces did the last job for them as well as they could in the hurry they were in, the Federalists no doubt fe