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It rained for seventeen consecutive days.
The roads were so bad that it required four days for Crittenden's troops to march seventeen miles. Yet, on the 4th of July, we had possession of both the enemy's intrenched camps, and by the 7th, Bragg's army was in full retreat over the Cumberland Mountains into Sequatchie valley, whence he proceeded to Chattanooga, leaving us in full possession of middle Tennessee and of the damaged Nashville and Chattanooga railway, with my headquarters at Winchester, fifty miles from our starting-point, Murfreesboro‘. This movement was accomplished in fifteen days, and with a loss of only 586 killed and wounded.
editors. and at last, after having held a council of war, replied, in effect, that it was a military maxim not to fight two decisive battles at the same time.
If true, the maxim was not applicable in this case.
It would be bad to be defeated in two decisive battles fought the same day, but it would not be bad to win them.
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s reserved. by Ulysses S. Grant, General, U. S. A.
After the fall of Vicksburg I urged strongly upon the Government the propriety of a movement against Mobile.
General Rosecrans had been at Murfreesboro‘, Tennessee, with a large and well-equipped army from early in the year 1863, with Bragg confronting him with a force quite equal to his own at first, considering that it was on the defensive.
But after the investment of Vicksburg, Bragg's army was largely depleted to strengthen Johnston, in Mississippi, who was being reenforced to raise the siege.
I frequently wrote to General Halleck suggesting that Rosecrans should move against Bragg.
By so doing he would either detain the latter's troops where they were, or lay Chattanooga open to capture.
General Halleck strongly approved the suggestion, and finally wrote me that he had repeatedly ordered Rosecrans to advance, but that the latter had constantly failed to comply with the order,
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