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lust October 29--7 A. M. Jenkins attacked the enemy last night at Brown's ferry, and drove them back, but was finally compelled to retire himself beforhe 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 itrain, and finally got in rear of the left wing. In the meantime the forces at Brown's ferry were put in motion, and were pressing down to the relief of their flyinnfusion. The order to withdraw was not given any too soon, for the forces from Brown's ferry were within three hundred yards of the only bridge over Lookout creek bhe road to-day along which the enemy's trains and artillery were moving towards Brown's ferry, and compelled their infantry forces to change their positions more tha 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the river at Brown's ferry. There was but one brigade of infantry (Law's) on picket at the time,
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, and Robertson's brigades were posted on the right, so as to hold in check the forces at the ferry, should they attempt to go to the relief of their friends; whilst Jenkins's old brigade, now commanded by Col. Bra
went within a short distance of the enemy's field hospital this morning, and he reports their wounded at from 800 to 1,000. He thinks it would be quite safe to put their entire casualties at 1,000. Our guns on Lookout shelled the road to-day along which the enemy's trains and artillery were moving towards Brown's ferry, and compelled their infantry forces to change their positions more than once. Unfortunately, not more than one third of the shells, which have just been received from Richmond, exploded. The guns engaged in the artillery duel with the Moccasin batteries yesterday were not Alexander's fine parrotts as reported; they were taken up to-day, and will render the enemy's position in Lookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the rive
with the Moccasin batteries yesterday were not Alexander's fine parrotts as reported; they were taken up to-day, and will render the enemy's position in Lookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the river at Brown's ferry. There was but one brigade of infantry (Law's) on picket at the time, and that was strung along the river from Lookout mountain to a point five miles below. It was impossible for so small a force, thus widely distributed, to prevent a landing in the night. It is reported that the President has offered Gen. Polk his choice of three commands, viz: At Richmond, in Mississippi, (under Johnston,) and in the tran. Mississippi Department. It is also reported that Gen. Hardee is already on his way to join this army. Sallust.
o the relief of their flying comrades. They were in such numbers, and the ground was of such a character, that it was found impossible to hold them in check; whereupon Gen. Jenkins recalled Bratton, now pushing the foe back in great confusion. The order to withdraw was not given any too soon, for the forces from Brown's ferry were within three hundred yards of the only bridge over Lookout creek by which the Confederates could retreat when the last of Bratton's brigade passed over it. Law, Benning, and Robertson did not become hotly engaged, and suffered but slight loss. Bratton's brigade, on the contrary, lost nearly 400 in killed, wounded and missing. Among the killed was the intrepid Col. Klipatrick, of the first South Carolina. A few of our wounded fell into the hands of the enemy; this was inconsiderable in a night affair. The loss of the enemy must have been heavy. He was not prepared for the attack; was thrown into confusion, and his lines doubled back upon each other
ere asleep, and of course were taken in their blankets. Advancing up the hill, called by some Sand Hill, overlooking the river, the Federal came suddenly upon Gen. Law's infantry pickets — all of whom but one man are reported to have followed the example of the vide, and gone to sleep — captured most of them or drove them in, and ookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the river at Brown's ferry. There was but one brigade of infantry (Law's) on picket at the time, and that was strung along the river from Lookout mountain to a point five miles below. It was impossible for so small a force, thus widely distributed, to prevent a landing in the night. It is reported that the President has offered Gen. Polk his choice of three commands, viz: At
on boats and placed the bridge timber aboard, the pontoneers and the expeditionary forces embarked night before last at Chattanooga, and under cover of darkness proceeded quietly down the river to the ferry, where the troops landed, leaving the pontoneers in charge of the boats. Our cavalry along the river bank, according to report, were asleep, and of course were taken in their blankets. Advancing up the hill, called by some Sand Hill, overlooking the river, the Federal came suddenly upon Gen. Law's infantry pickets — all of whom but one man are reported to have followed the example of the vide, and gone to sleep — captured most of them or drove them in, and gained possession of the hill. The solitary picket who was awake discharged his piece, and this called up Col. Oates, of the 15th Alabama, who immediately deployed his regiment as skirmishers, and advanced against the enemy; but finding that their line of battle overlapped his line of skirmishers at both ends, he fell back, l
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, and Robertson's brigades were posted on the right, so as to hold in check the forces at the ferry, should they attempt to go to the relief of their friends; whilst Jenkins's old brigade, now commanded by Col. Bratton, moved up the valley to the left, and fell with great violence upon the column encamped in that direction. The attack was furious and very successful. Hampton's Legion, (infantry,) Col. Gary, got upon the enemy's left flank, forced it back upon the centre, capture
re than one third of the shells, which have just been received from Richmond, exploded. The guns engaged in the artillery duel with the Moccasin batteries yesterday were not Alexander's fine parrotts as reported; they were taken up to-day, and will render the enemy's position in Lookout valley unpleasant, if nothing more. It is but proper to add, in correction of an error in my last letter, that it was only the cavalry videttes, and not Law's pickets, who were surprised the night of the 26th, when the enemy effected a landing and threw a bridge across the river at Brown's ferry. There was but one brigade of infantry (Law's) on picket at the time, and that was strung along the river from Lookout mountain to a point five miles below. It was impossible for so small a force, thus widely distributed, to prevent a landing in the night. It is reported that the President has offered Gen. Polk his choice of three commands, viz: At Richmond, in Mississippi, (under Johnston,) and in
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selves in Chattanooga is now dissipated into thin air. As was intimated in my letter of last night, the artillery duel between our guns on Look-out and the enemy's Moccasin batteries came off to-day, and ended in — smoke. Sallust October 29--7 A. M. Jenkins attacked the enemy last night at Brown's ferry, and drove them back, but was finally compelled to retire himself before largely superior 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
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