October 28, 1863: We have the river

Chattanooga Campaign

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

CHATTANOOGA, October 28, 1863-5 p.m.

Everything perfectly successful. The river is now open, and a short and good road in our possession along the south shore. We had an insignificant skirmish near Wauhatchie. The great success, however, is General Smith’s operation at the mouth of Lookout Valley. Its brilliancy cannot be exaggerated.

[C. A. DANA.]

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