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ing across Lookout, in the direction of the ferry, as I close this postscript. Sallust. Army of Tennessee, Chattanooga Valley, Oct. 29. I have but little to add to my postscript of this morning, touching the fight last night in Lookout valley. This valley lies west of the mountain of that name, and between it and Raccoon mountain, and is drained by Lookout creek, which empties its waters into the Tennessee a short distance below Lookout point. The attack was made under order have just been received from Richmond, exploded. The guns engaged in the artillery duel with the Moccasin batteries yesterday were not Alexander's fine parrotts as reported; they were taken up to-day, and will render the enemy's position in Lookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing
railroad up to the ferry, where there is a range of hills behind which he can erect his depot of buildings, and protect his teams from the fire of our batteries on Lookout. When the railroad shall have been thus extended, and the line from Bridgeport put in running order, the distance he will have to haul his supplies will he reduced from forty and sixty miles down to a mile and a half and two miles. This new move upon the military chess board, by which the enemy got possession of Lookout valley and the railway to Bridgeport, was a masterly stroke. The conception was a brilliant one, and the execution of it admirable and faultiness.--All the combinations, from the building of the pontoon boats and floating them down the river at night to the unexpected arrival of the forces from Bridgeport, were perfect. Indeed, the river and the railroad from Lookout Mountain to Bridgeport, and the valley and Raccoon Mountain slipped from our hands so easily, or rather were taken from as so a
Correspondent's Gossip from Chickamauga. The Army correspondent of the Atlanta Spent writes a gossiping letter under date of the 3d inst., from Chickamauga, from which we copy come extracts: Strange movements are taking place within the enemy's lines, of which the saying is — we can make neither head or tail. In Lookout valley they are undoubtedly intrenching, and possibly within ten days we shall have the benefit of a fire from that direction. Troops are moving backwards and forwards, some in the direction of Bridgeport, others towards Brown's Ferry and Raccoon Mountain — camps are being established here and there, and various indications are apparent which plainly say either that an offensive demonstration of the enemy is at hand, or that they are preparing for permanent occupation of the position they hold. Speculation under the circumstances is "cold victuals" to the truth, and quite as unsatisfactory. The lateness of the season assures us, however, that whatever
The Daily Dispatch: November 26, 1863., [Electronic resource], Return of Confederate Surgeons from the North--Yankee treatment of prisoners. (search)
The enemy have moved around the North face of the mountain, slowly pushing the Confederates back. Our force on the mountain was small. The conflict was severe. I can see the flashes of the muskets on the mountain. A fog has rested on the mountain all day, and our artillery was therefore useless. The enemy has massed a formidable army core, under able leaders, and changes in our position may become necessary. The importance of holding the mountain ceased with the loss of Lookout valley. Sallust, [Press Dispatches.] Atalanta, Nov., 25. --The enemy yesterday made a desperate attempt to take Lookout Mountain. At 12 o'clock M., when our informant left, the battle was still raging. His advance on Monday gained possession of two small hills in our front. Yesterday morning he opened all his batteries, and there was heavy skirmishing along the entire line. At noon an infantry assault was made on Lookout Mountain and vigorously kept up for an hour by the enem
re shaping themselves for another battle upon the field of Chickamauga. The capture of the towns indicated, we are assured, was attended with but slight loss. Sherman was, doubtless, rapidly retreating, and we had only to encounter his rear guard. Ringgold is twenty-two miles this side of Chattanooga, and nine from Lee & Gordon's mills, and the same distance from Red Mouse ford, and other points made historic by the events of last year. Rossville is a little crossroad station in Lookout valley, five or six miles out of Chattanooga. Sherman has fortified all the passes upon Missionary ridge; but if we can defeat and drive him before us, we may enter Chattanooga by that broad gap which is made by the extreme left of Missionary ridge and the base of Lookout mountain, which cannot be securely fastened against the entry of an enemy. The Macon southern Confederacy has the following: We are relieved of the fears entertained a few weeks ago that the army would not follow G
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