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es of our "erring brethren" of the North, and the progress they had made: First, the designs lately entertained between Longstreet, in East Tennessee, and Joe Johnston, a hundred and fifty miles to the southwestward, near Dalton, for the expulsion of our army from Chattanooga, in an attack by way of Knoxville, have evidently been circumvented. Longstreet has been compelled to fall back, and is probably moving for a junston with Johnston, against the column of Gen. Grant's forces which has advanced to within three miles of Dalton, although not without some sharp fighting at the mountain pass of Tunnel Hill. Confident that the movements of Gen. Grant'nd the consequences, with or without any fighting must be exceedingly disastrous to the rebel cause. The objects of this expedition are to out off Mobile from Joe Johnston disperse Polk's broken and demoralized army, to secure the Alabama river, to seize and use or destroy important rebel military depots and stores of supplies,
re charged with such an important mission. The junction of this cavalry force with Sherman at Meridian, was the key of the whole scheme of the Yankee plan for the occupation and subjugation of the Southwest. If successful, Sherman would have been in a condition to advance upon Demopolis and Selma, or Mobile; and these important points, as well as the rich countries adjacent, would have been at the mercy of the enemy. They could only have been driven back at the enormous risk of weakening Johnston's army, so as to open Northern Georgia and Rome and Atlanta, to Grant's army. Gen. Polk, with his scant infantry force, quickly perceived the momentous issue, which depended upon the result of the cavalry movement from Memphis, and after securing his small army on the east side of the Tombigbee, and removing all his supplies and munitions and returning to Mobile the troops he had borrowed from General Maury, sent imperative orders to Lee and Forrest to unite their forces, and at every cost