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Comments on General Grant's Chattanooga. I. By William Farrar Smith, Brevet Major-General, U. S. A. On the 3d of October, 1863, having reported to General Rosecrans at Chattanooga, I was assigned the duty of chief engineer of the Army of the Cumberland, and it devolved on me as a part of my duty, first, to lay out and construct the fortifications so as to enable a comparatively Umbrella Rock, point of Lookout Mountain. small force to hold the place, and, secondly, to look out for the communications by which the army was supplied. In the performance of that duty I was actively engaged in building boats and material for bridges, and was studying earnestly to find some way of restoring our short line of communications lost by the giving up of Lookout Mountain and Valley. I found a most excellent company of volunteers styled Michigan Engineers and mechanics, commanded by Captain Perrin V. Fox. Before my arrival they had set up a saw-mill, and were engaged in making boats an
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