was at Lawrenceburg, some 16 miles due west of Pulaski, Tennessee and on a road running direct to Columbia, where the railroad and turnpike
Major-General George H. Thomas.
From a photograph. to Nashville cross Duck River, and where there were less than 800 men to guard the bridges.
The situation at Pulaski, with an enemy nearly three times as large fairly on the flank, was anything but cheering.
Warned by the reports from General Hatch, and by the orders of General Thomas, who, on the 20th, had directed General Schofield to prepare to fall back to Columbia, the two divisions of General J. D. Cox and General George D. Wagner (the latter Newton's old division) were ordered to march to Lynnville — about half-way to Columbia — on the 22d.
On the 23d the other two divisions, under General Stanley, were to follow with the wagon-trains.
It was not a moment too soon.
On the morning of the 24th General Cox, who had pushed on to within nine miles of Columbia, was roused by sounds of c