Gen. Wheeler and his "gallant five thousand" were reported at Shelbyville last night, where they have been playing a heavy game again, in the capturing line, it is said.
Our garrison there consisted of about two thousand men, but I learn that a portion of this force had been recently withdrawn for some purpose or other.
Rumor says that the rebels made a clean sweep in the town, taking our men prisoners, destroying stores and insulting the many Union people of the town.
Col. Neddy McCook is making forced marches after the "rebs," but has not engaged them yet a second time.
Small detachments are being sent out to reinforce him hourly.
I understand that Gen. Rosecrans has ordered Gen. Mitchell forward with a flying column to intercept Wheeler on his return to Bragg's headquarters, if possible.
Mitchell will watch the wily rebel cavalryman close, and if he has an opportunity will punish him severely.
Some of the knowing ones here seem to think that Wheeler has