William J. Carroll of the 13th Michigan, (Buell’s Brigade, Thomas J. Wood’s Division, 21st Corps) on mountains:
Sequatchie Valley, September 1, 1863,
We had to cross the mountains to get hear and now we have another clime to get out. This valley is 75 miles long and 5 wide. We got plenty of potatoes and peaches when we first came hear but they ar gon now. I think we shall move soon. I want to get out of this valley and get away from the mountains. I like to be in a level country whair you don’t have to clime a mountain every time you move.
Meanwhile, Lt. Augustus B. Carpenter of the 19th US Regular Infantry, on guard duty at Stevenson, was marveling at the precision of the army’s movement:
“The Rebels may give us a hard fight [at Chattanooga] but if they do they are gone. They will either be captured or scattered, and that most effectually. Gen. Rosecrans is not coming down here for no idle purpose. He is going to strike a blow here that will prove mortal to to the fond and cherished hopes of the confederacy . . .
The Chattanooga and Nashville Railroad between here and Nashville presents now a very busy scene.Trains heavily loaded come puffing into town and deposit their burden of provisions, forage, and munitions of war, and then hasten back for more. The roads are crowded with government wagons which haul the stuff off to the different commands and places of storage. Troops are moving here and there. One gazes on the scene with the feelings of the highest veneration for the mastermind who causes and controls the movements of all in this department. Everything is like clock work, order and system prevails . . .