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probably greater. Though not a And now—Bragg having been de sanguinary nor decisive struggle, few feated by Grant before Chattanooga, occurred during the war that were and a relieving force under Sherman more creditable to the generalship or being close at hand-Longstreet nethe soldierly qualities of either army. cessarily abandoned the siege, and
Longstreet continued his pursuit, moved rapidly eastward unassailed and in due time beleaguered the to Russellville, Virginia : our entire city," though he can hardly be said loss in the defense having been less to have invested it. That he intend- than 1,000; while his must have been ed, and expected, and tried, to carry twice or thrice that number. Sherit, is true; and there was very spirit- man's advance reached the city, and ed and pretty constant fighting Burnside officially announced the around it, mainly on its west side; raising of the siege, Dec. 5th. but the day of rushing naked infantry in masses on formidable earthworks Gen. Halleck had been thoroughly covering heavy batteries was nearly aroused to the peril of Rosecrans at over with either side. The defenses Chattanooga just too late to do any were engineered by Capt. Poe, and good. On his first advice that Longwere signally effective. Directly on street had been dispatched southgetting into position, a smart assault ward from Virginia—it was said, to was delivered on our right, held by Charleston—he had telegraphed " to the 112th Illinois, 45th Ohio, 3d Burnside at Knoxville, to Hurlbut at Michigan, and 12th Kentucky, and a Memphis, and to Grant at Vicksburg, hill carried; but it was not essential to move troops to the support of to the defenses. Our loss this day Rosecrans; and the orders to Burnside was about 100; among them was and Hurlbut were reiterated next Gen. W. P. Sanders, of Kentucky, day. Schofield at St. Louis and Pope killed. Shelling and skirmishing in the north-west were likewise inbarely served to break the monotony structed respectively to forward to for ten weary days, when-having Tennessee every man they could been rëenforced by Sam Jones, and spare. And it now occurred to Halone or two other small commands leck—or did the day after Chickafrom Virginia-Longstreet delivered mauga—that two independent coman assault," by a picked storming mands on the Tennessee would not party of three brigades, on an un- be so likely to insure effective coopefinished but important work known ration as if one mind directed the as Fort Sanders, on our left, but was movements of both armies; so— Rosebloodily repelled by Gen. Ferrero, crans being made the necessary scapewho held it—the loss of the assailants goat of others' mistakes as well as being some 800, including Col. Mc- his own-Gen. Grant was selected Elroy, 13th Mississippi, and Col. for chief command ; Rosecrans being Thomas, 16th Georgia, killed; while relieved, and instructed to turn over on our side the entire loss that night his army to Gen. Thomas. But was about 100; only 15 of these in Grant was now sick in New Orleans, the fort.
out of reach by telegraph ; and Sher** Nov. 17. ** Nov. 28-9.
76 Sept. 13.