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July 15th.--At daylight the men were again in their saddles and on the road.
Passing many large farms, with good fields of corn, wheat, and oats, we reached Talladega (sixteen miles） about ten o'clock. Here we struck a railroad extending from Selma in a northeast direction, originally intended to connect with Rome, Georgia, but only completed to Blue Mountain, a few miles north of Talladega.
The road has no special importance in reference to present military operations.
A small rebel forc.
After resting a few hours in the heat of the day, the command again moved on at four oclock in the evening.
The direction was nearly south, and gave the rebels the impression that the Coosa bridge was the point aimed at. From Montgomery and Selma papers, afterwards obtained, it was learned that they were convinced that such was the object, and had disposed their forces accordingly, which, no doubt, saved the command considerable annoyance, as our rout was left clear.
We were moving in th
Lee's corps, where on their way from Mississippi to South Carolina, moving via Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, to reinforce that portion of the enemy's army operatinve was simply an outline — my instructions being for him to move on Tuscaloosa, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama, and to capture those places if possible, after accomp to capture and destroy Tuscaloosa, and then march to rejoin the main body near Selma.
With the remainder of his command, General Wilson pushed rapidly forward toe P. M. on the second of April General Wilson reached the immediate vicinity of Selma, and rapidly formed Upton's and Long's divisions to attack the defences of the f cotton had already been destroyed by the enemy.
General Wilson remained at Selma from the second to the tenth of April, resting his command and completing the d ascertained, through the enemy, that he captured Tuscaloosa, and was moving to Selma via Eutaw.
On the tenth General Wilson crossed the Alabama river and moved tow