veland, also reports that he was attacked early this morning, December twenty-eighth, by a force of one hundred rebels.
He drove them off, however. Geo. H. Thomas, Major-General Commanding.
Colonel Laibold's report.
camp near Calhoun, December 28, 1863.
sir: It affords me great pleasure to report to you that I have given the rebel General Wheeler a sound thrashing this morning.
I had succeeded, in spite of the most abominable roads, to reach Charlestown on the night of the twenty-seventh, and this morning, shortly after daylight, I was moving my train across the Hiawassee River bridge, when Wheeler's cavalry — reported one thousand five hundred men strong, with four pieces of artillery, which, however, they had no time to bring into action — appeared on my rear.
I placed my infantry in line of battle, then got my train over the bridge safely, and asked Colonel Long to place a regiment of cavalry at my disposal.
These arrangements made, I charged with my infantry, on th