Heading south, the army moved through the gorge of Sand Mountain and then down the Tennessee River to Bridgeport, Alabama. At Bridgeport, the men were ferried across the river and put on trains again, headed north, up the Crow Creek gorge, through the Cumberland Mountain tunnel and into middle Tennessee. Their destination was the Stone's River Valley, only 30 miles south of the Federal bastion at Nashville.
Bragg's army will join forces with Gen. Breckinridge's Division, which Bragg had sent ahead without authorization from Richmond, and encamp around Murfreesboro, with its target in sight: William S. Rosecrans's army at Nashville. The 2 opposing armies will face one another again after chasing and fighting each other all year.
|Red dotted line is Bragg's line of retreat to Murfreesboro|
Source: Source: Civil War Maps by Hal Jespersen
Source: Autumn of Glory: The Army of Tennessee 1862-1865, Thomas Lawrence Connely