this village, situated in the barren and mountainous region, was almost inaccessible, and afforded none of the resources necessary to an army.
Thomas, who arrived there on the 25th, was obliged to leave it for want of provisions, and returned to Mac-Minnville, which he had very imprudently been directed to abandon.
McCook replaced him at Altamount on the 29th, to be soon compelled, in turn, to draw near his depots; the other divisions, stationed en echelon along the line of railway and the rong's brigade of cavalry to feel Grant's position on the Hatchie.
On the 30th of August, a bloody day along the whole of the immense line occupied by the belligerents—the day of the battle of Manassas, the Richmond combats and the engagement at Mac-Minnville—Armstrong followed the road from Grand Junction to Bolivar, in the hope of surprising the Federals in that position, or at least of cutting their communications.
The latter, however, having got wind of his approach, sent a few hundred h