a raft of an old saw-mill, and floated his mountain howitzer over, towing it by our picket-ropes.
Every body was in a good humor, and had lots of fun over our gunboat, as the boys called the raft.
He had sent Colonel Munroe (One Hundred and Twenty-third Illinois) with his regiment to destroy the railroad bridge over Elk River in the rear of Tullahoma, but Withers's division of infantry got there three hundred yards ahead of him. He then returned to Hillsboro.
Wilder's command moved on to Dechard that night, and after a sharp skirmish with the garrison of about eighty men in a stockade, drove them out — they escaped in the dark.
He destroyed the telegraph-wire, capturing the instruments, and burning the depot, which was full of commissary goods; also the water-tanks and railroad bridge on the Winchester road, and tore up and destroyed three hundred yards of the Chattanooga railroad track.
This could not be done very fast on account of the darkness.
At twelve o'clock, midnight, si