Finally consummating the Lincoln administrations fervent desire to support unionists in East Tennessee, general James Negley was able to raid Chattanooga, appropriating some supplies and capturing some Confederates. It was the first time that the war had touched the important east Tennessee railroad hub, and his raid inspired confidence in the local unionists as expected. Even if he didn’t have enough troops to hold the place.
General O. M. MITCHEL,
SHELBYVILLE, TENN., June 12, 1862.
Our expedition into East Tennessee has proved successful. We are returning with 80 prisoners, including a number of prominent officers. Also captured a drove of cattle and a large quantity of horses intended for the rebel army. The defeat of Gen. ADAMS’ rebel forces in Sweeden’s Cove was much more complete than reported. He escaped without sword, hat, or horse. We silenced the enemy’s batteries at Chattanooga on the evening of the 7th after a fierce cannonading of three hours.
We opened on the 8th at 9 a.m. and continued six hours upon the town and rifle pits, driving the enemy out and forcing him to abandon his works and evacuate the city. They burned several railroad bridges to prevent pursuit. The Union people in East Tennessee are wild with joy. They meet us along the roads by hundreds. I shall send you a number of their principal persecutors from Sequatchie Valley.
Yours, very truly,
JAS. S. NEGLEY,