Foster: “Sturgis held his ground, and ended by driving the enemy entirely off the field”

I have received two messages from Gen. Foster, confronting Gen. Longstreet in East Tennessee.

Major-General GRANT.

KNOXVILLE, December 28, 1863.

General Sturgis, with his own and Elliott’s cavalry,has been almost constantly engaged with the enemy’s cavalry for the past few days. He has gallantly driven them from every position,and is now in the country between Mossy Creek and Morristown. One of his brigades made a dash into Marten’s camp last night, and put to flight three rebel brigades and captured their camp, with provisions and cooking utensils. Longstreet is unhappy about his communications.

J. G. FOSTER,

Major-General.

KNOXVILLE, December 29, 1863.

At 11 a. m. to-day the whole of the enemy’s cavalry, supported by a division of infantry and two batteries of artillery, attacked General Sturgis near Mossy Creek. The fight was severe and general, and lasted until 5 p. m. Sturgis held his ground, and ended by driving the enemy entirely off the field, achieving a complete victory.

J. G. FOSTER,

Major-general.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 9, p 573

O.R., I, xxxi, part 1, p 625-6, 646

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