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Blue Springs, battle at.

While Burnside's forces in east Tennessee were concentrating at Knoxville (q. v.), they had many encounters with the Confederates. One of these occurred at Blue Springs, not far from Bull's Gap. There the Confederates had gathered in considerable force. A brigade of National cavalry, supported by a small force of infantry, was then at Bull's Gap. The cavalry pressed forward to Blue Springs, where the Confederates were commanded by Gen. S. Jones. After a desultory fight for about twenty-four hours (Oct. 10 and 11, 1863) the Confederates broke and fled, leaving their dead on the field. They were pursued and struck from time to time by General Shackleford and his cavalry, and driven out of the State. The pursuers penetrated Virginia 10 miles beyond Bristol. In the battle of Blue Springs the Nationals lost about 100 men in killed and wounded. The Confederate loss was a little greater.

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