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erior numbers. Nothing is known as to the casualties on either side. The fighting continued for some hours, and will probably be renewed. I hear artillery-firing 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 orders soon after midnight, by Gen. Jenkins, commanding Hood's division. The column which had arrived in the afternoon from Bridgeport did not proceed to Brown's ferry, where the new pontoon bridge is laid, but stopped two miles short of it, on the west side of Lookout creek. It was this column that Gen. Jenkins attacked. Lane's, Berming's
subject of deep anxiety to the whole Confederacy at this moment — the deeper, perhaps, that the late movement of the enemy by the river and his occupation of Raccoon Mountain seems neither to have been resisted nor anticipated. It gives him, at the same time, a great advantage by placing him on our left flank at the moment when oe very river. Along the base of the mountain runs the railroad, which crosses the river about twenty-five miles below. To the west of Lookout Mountain lies Raccoon Mountain, and between them lies the Lookout Valley, a creek running through the middle of it. The Yankees the other night left Chattanooga in pontoons, floated down the river, without being hailed by a single sentinel, so far as we can learn, landed and occupied Raccoon Mountain, almost without resistance. They have thrown bridges across below, and are constantly receiving reinforcements in that direction. --Hood's brigade, under the command of Gen. Jenkins, tried to dispossess them the other
n in Chattanooga, which is probably all he designs for the present. Even the possession of Raccoon Mountain will enable him to resume communication by railroad from that point to Bridgeport, and enabplies from this new depot by wagon trains, he would have to cross the river twice--first at Raccoon Mountain, then at Chattanooga. The Marietta Rebel, of Saturday evening, in its article on "thes 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
e situation remains the same as at the date of my last letter. The enemy still holds Lookout Valley, Brown's Ferry, Raccoon Mountain, and the railroad and river from Bridgeport to a point within one mile of Lookout point. No further effort has been As was stated in a recent letter, the enemy now hold Lookout Valley, lying between the mountain of that name and Raccoon mountain, and the entire line of the Nashville and Chattanooga railroad, from Nashville to a point distant from Brown's ferryeek, which is too near his works for us to attempt to bridge it, and in his rear and on his flanks are the river and Raccoon mountain. This is not all. If attacked in the valley he can be reinforced from Chattanooga by means of his pontoon bridges, ridgeport, 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 adroitly, that we hardly knew when it was done. T
ta 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 enemy attempts must be done quickly, for winter is a bar which no strategy ca
for a distance of five miles or more that he did not know as well as the man whose tent was pitched upon it or the officer whose special duty it was to defend it. Such is the price which genius and patience pay for victory. It is but just to add that Gen. McLaws suggested to his corps commander the importance of fortifying Brown's Ferry, and that an engineer was sent to examine the ground; but the latter reported against the work as unnecessary, and thus the ferry, Lookout Valley, Raccoon Mountain, the railroad, and the river down to Bridgeport, were lost. The engineer is probably of the same opinion still, and, like Dr. Sangrado, would adhere to his theory though the whole army should perish. Affairs in East Tennessee are becoming interesting. A portion of our forces at last accounts were at London, and in view, on the opposite side of the Tennessee, were two Federal regiments, supposed to be the advance guard of the army.--Prisoners report that Burnside's headquarters we
e physical difficulties against which the Confederates have had to contend — difficulties not less serious than the great superiority of the enemy's forces. Chattanooga, as is well known, is situated in a bend in the Tennessee just above the point where the river cleaves its way through the great Cumberland Mountains. On the South side of the river these mountains are known by different names, and, like the river, they run in a southwesterly direction, finally disappearing in Alabama. Raccoon Mountain and Sand Mountain, which lie next to the river, are parts of the same range, being separated by Nickajack Cove. To the east of this range, and separated by a narrow valley, is Lookout Mountain. This valley is known as Lookout Valley up to the water-shed, and as Willis's Valley beyond, the dividing line being where the water runs northeast and southwest in opposite directions. To the east of Lookout Mountain is Chattanooga Valley, so called after the creek of that name, and then comes
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