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ary to blow out a road-bed along the rocky sides of the mountain before the ralls could be laid down. The possession of the mountain, and the reopening of this part of the railroad, would solve the question of supplies for the Federal army, and render it an easy matter to maintain itself in Chattanooga this winter. It is proper to add that a scout just in informs me that the pickets of the enemy do not hold Sand Mountain, though he admits that a detachment of their cavalry dashed into Trenton a few days ago, stole some horses, and then disappeared. The batteries of the enemy kept up a slow fire throughout the day yesterday. It was directed against the north face of Lookout Mountain, to wards the town, and our lines between Chattanooga creek and the mountain. A few shot were fired at other portions of the lines, but without results anywhere. Our guns did not reply. Before closing this communication allow me to correct a mistake into which the Federal seem to have fal
Ferry, and, consequently, measures will be so taken, no doubt, to cut them off from this means of communication. Lookout Valley is formed by the west side of Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain. The mouth of Lookout Valley terminates towards the river at Brown's Ferry. It is a continuation of Will's Valley, which is formed by the slope of Lookout and the continuation of Raccoon Mountain, called Sand Mountain, running southwest. The Will's Valley Railroad runs from Chattanooga to Trenton, a distance of 21 miles. As the enemy now controls the occupation of Raccoon Mountain they will be able, unless driven out, also to hold Will's Valley. The bridge over the Tennessee, which crosses Long Island at Bridgeport, is nearly completed by the enemy, and it is reported will be finished in ten days. They have then only to rebuild the bridge over Running Water Creek, 15 miles below Chattanooga, to obtain the full occupation of the road up to Brown's Ferry. This will soon enable them
The Daily Dispatch: November 28, 1863., [Electronic resource], Army of Tennessee, Missionary Ridge, Nov. 22. (search)
t and cutting him off. Lenoir's, the point at which he would strike the railroad, is only a few miles this side of Knoxville. The demonstration on our left a few days ago at Johnson's Crook, or Stephens's Gap, in Lookout Mountain, hinted at in my letter of last night, was doubtless a feint to divert our attention from East Tennessee, the real point of danger. The forces which appeared at Johnson's Crook, (so called on account of the zigzag direction of the mountains at that point,) and at Trenton, in Will's Valley, have already retired, having accomplished, as the Federal commander hopes, the object for which they were thrown forward. It was through Stephens's Gap (at the Crook) that Thomas and McCook entered McLemore's Cove, just previous to the battle of Chickamauga. The last accounts from Knoxville were to the effect that Longstreet occupied all the outlets from the town except one, and that he expected to close that in a few hours. Burnside's forces were supposed to be eq
vigable, Grant's armies will be abundantly supplied, and they can at once flank Bragg and move South, when another fierce conflict will speedily occur, the result of which we do not fear. If the Tennessee does not rise, and Knoxville fall into our hands, Grant is flanked, his communication with Nashville is threatened, and he must retreat. The railway can hardly feed his immense army, and with it endangered his troops would starve. Twenty thousand Federals were, on Saturday, at Trenton, a place thirty miles Southwest of Chattanooga, at the terminus of the Wills Valley Railroad. This is said to be Sherman's corps, or a part of it. We need not state what measures have been adopted to check this movement; but it will be done. Five hundred tents or more disappeared in Chattanooga on Saturday, and there seems to be a considerable diminution of the Federal force at that point. Bragg is on the qui vive. There was heavy firing all day yesterday, (Sunday.) This was done to
s in Lookout Mountain, and from the east by Dug Gap in Pigeon Mountain. North of Chattanooga and beyond the Tennessee are Walden's Ridge and the Cumberland Mountains proper stretching away to the northeast. The distance from Chattanooga to Trenton is twenty miles; to Bridgeport, twenty-eight; to Caperton's Ferry, on the Tennessee, opposite Stevenson, about forty. From Caperton's ferry there is a public road leading across Sand Mountain to Trenton, in Willa's Valley, and thence through StTrenton, in Willa's Valley, and thence through Stephens's and Cooper's Gaps in Lookout Mountain to Lafayette and Dalton, passing through McLemore's Cove and across Pigeon Mountain at Dug Gap. Rome is about sixty-five miles southwest of Chattanooga, and is reached by a good wagon road, which passes through Lafayette, about twenty-three miles distant, and is known as the Lafayette road. This road crosses the Chickamauga, which lies east of Missionary Ridge, at Lee & Gordon's Mills, twelve miles from Chattanooga. Hoping the reader will b
er will at the same time attack, and, if he can, carry, Lookout Mountain. The enemy now seems to be looking for an attack on his left flank. This favors us To further confirm this, Sherman's advance division will march direct from Whiteside to Trenton. The remainder of his force will pass over a new road just made from Whiteside to Kelly's Ferry, thus being concealed from the enemy, and leave him to suppose the whole force is going up Lookout Valley. Sherman's advance has only just reached to make the trip to Cleveland or thereabouts. U S Grant, Major General. To Major Gen W T Sherman. Sherman's forces were moved from Bridgeport by way of Whiteside--one division threatening the enemy's left flank in the direction of Trenton, crossing at Brown's Ferry, up the north bank of the Tennessee, to near the mouth of South Chickamauga, where they were kept concealed from the enemy until they were ready to force a crossing.--Pontoons for throwing a bridge across the river wer
The movement has been a good one.--It has drawn off fifteen or twenty thousand rebels from the vicinity of Petersburg, affording the Army of the Potomac an opportunity of carrying the strong works which they have for so many months confronted. In this view of the case, may not our movement be considered in the light of a diversion or feint in favor of the Army of the Potomac? New Jersey Democratic State Convention. The State Democratic Convention of New Jersey met on the 6th at Trenton. The resolutions adopted endorse the Chicago nominations fully; and one of them, thanking the Yankee soldiers for their remaining in the field, adds: "To those who are detained in the Southern prisons we hereby extend our sympathy, believing that in suffering them to remain there upon a false sentiment of negro equality, and refusing to permit medical stores to be sent to them, the present Administration shows itself regardless of humanity and deserving the censure of the people." The
e. Intelligence from below Florence states that a large part of Hood's army is still south of the river, out of rations and clothing, and subsisting on the country. The river is rising, and is five feet deep on the shoals. A mob at Trenton — a M'Clellan procession run into by a railroad train. On Saturday night last, a railroad train at Trenten, Now Jersey, ran into a McClellan procession crossing the track, striking a boat carried on a wagon and containing thirty-six young laandoned. Subsequently, when the train had been delayed more than an hour, some of the leaders of the procession were consulted. These men rode on the engine, declaring to the crowd that it was "all right," and so the train was taken out of Trenton. From Sheridan's army. A telegram from New York says: Letters from General Sheridan's army, dated the 31st ultimo, report that a small rebel force had crossed the north fork of the Shenandoah on the 30th and proceeded in the direc
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