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Assuming the command at Chattanooga-opening a line of supplies-battle of Wauhatchie-on the picket line The next day, the 24th, I started out to make a personal inspection, taking Thomas and Smith with me, besides most of the members of my personal staff. We crossed to the north side of the river, and, moving to the north of detached spurs of hills, reached the Tennessee at Brown's Ferry, some three miles below Lookout Mountain, unobserved by the enemy. Here we left our horses back from t
rmy of the Potomac to reinforce Rosecrans.
It would have been folly to send them to Chattanooga to help eat up the few rations left there.
They were consequently left on the railroad, where supplies could be brought to them.
Before my arrival, Thomas ordered their concentration at Bridgeport.
General W. F. Smith had been so instrumental in preparing for the move which I was now about to make, and so clear in his judgment about the manner of making it, that I deemed it but just to him that