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12 Series I Volume XXXI-II Serial 55 - Knoxville and Lookout Mountain Part II

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Page 12 KY., SW. VA., Tennessee, MISS., N. ALA., AND N. GA.

[CHAP. XLIII.

On the 25th, the whole of Missionary Ridge from Rossville to the Chickamauga was, after a desperate struggle, most gallantly carried by our troops, and the enemy completely routed. Considering the strength of the rebel position and the difficulty of storming his intrenchments, the battle of Chattanooga must be regarded as one of the most remarkable in history. Not only did the officers and men exhibit great skill and daring in their operations on the field, but the highest praise is also due to the commanding general for his admirable dispositions for dislodging the enemy from a position apparently impregnable. Moreover, by turning his right flank and throwing him back upon Ringgold and Dalton, Sherman's forces were interposed between Bragg and Longstreet, so as to prevent any possibility of their forming a junction.

Our loss in killed, wounded, and missing is reported at about 4,000. We captured over 6,000 prisoners, besides the wounded left in our hands, 42 pieces of artillery, 5,000 or 6,000 small-arms, and a large train. The enemy's loss in killed and wounded is not known.

While Generals Thomas and Hooker pushed Bragg's army back into Georgia, General Sherman with his own and General Granger's forces was sent into East Tennessee to prevent the return of Longstreet and to relieve General Burnside, who was then besieged in Knoxville. We have reliable information that Sherman has successfully accomplished his object, and that Longstreet is in full retreat toward Virginia; but no details have been received in regard to Sherman's operations since he crossed the Hiwassee, nor of Burnside's defense of Knoxville. It is only known that every attack of the enemy on that place was successfully repulsed.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War.


Numbers 2.

Abstract from returns of the Union forces at and about Chattanooga November 20, 1863.

Present for duty. Infantry.

Officer Men. Aggregat Officer men.

s. e s.

Command. present.

Headquarters Military

Division of the 18 --- 18 --- ---

Mississippi.

Army of the Cumberland:

General headquarters 15 --- 15 --- ---

Fourth Army Corps: - - - - -

Corps staff 21 42 63 --- ---

First Division a 498 6,991 8,812 472 6,370

Second Division 445 6,543 8,243 473 6,129

Third Division 422 7,118 9,105 400 6,438

Total Fourth Army Corps

1,386 20,694 26,223 1,309 18,937

Hooker's headquarters

9 52 60 --- ---

Cavalry. Artillery.

Officer Men. Officers Men. Pieces of

s. . artillery

Command. .

Headquarters Military

Division of the --- --- --- --- ---

Mississippi.

Army of the Cumberland:

--- --- --- --- ---

General headquarters --- --- --- --- ---

Fourth Army Corps: - - - - -

Corps staff --- --- --- --- ---

First Division a --- --- 8 283 18

Second Division --- --- 9 240 18

Third Division --- --- 9 368 18

Total Fourth Army Corps

--- --- 26 891 54

Hooker's headquarters

--- --- --- --- ---

aThe First Brigade and division artillery not engaged in the Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign. The strength of these troops, as reported November 30, was: Present for duty, 125 officers and 2,470 men. Aggregate present, 3,048.


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