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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—the siege of Chattanooga. (search)
hington to the edge of the North Chickamauga. This division had only to cross the river to come on the day after a victory to offer valuable co-operation with Grant's forces. But he thought best to deprive himself of it, and employ it to disperse the guerillas collected in the vast rectangle between McMinnville, Murfreesborough, Lebanon, and the confluence of Caney Creek with the Cumberland River; for these bands sometimes menaced the communications and the depots of the army. On the 14th of November, General Eliott, who had succeeded Mitchell in the chief command of the cavalry, went with McCook's division to establish himself at Alexandria, a town situated in the middle of that region. Later, Grant had much occasion to regret his absence. Such was the plan of attack which on the 16th of November he went to explain to his two principal lieutenants from the top of the hills that overlook the right bank of the Tennessee opposite the mouth of the South Chickamauga. Crawling from
Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 4. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book III:—the Third winter. (search)
n the other hand, the vessels that have remained at sea under the orders of Commodore Bell will be joined to the expedition that Banks, after a luckless attempt, shall undertake against Texas: the narrative of this expedition belongs to the ensuing chapter. Hence a useless cannonade on October 12th against a blockade-runner which had taken refuge under the fire of Fort Morgan at Mobile, and the engagement of the steamer Bermuda with a party of Confederates, who captured and then lost on November 14th a Federal schooner laden with coal, are the only incidents that we can mention to terminate this chapter. Chapter 3: the far West. ALL that remains to us now to bring the year 1863 to a close is to speak of the battles that took place during the latter part of this year in the vast regions extending west of the Mississippi. We have already stated that after the fruitless efforts of Johnston, Holmes, and Taylor to release Vicksburg and Port Hudson, every struggle ceased in the va